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034.003 Technik und Gender, Grundlagenvorlesung für IngenieurwissenschafterInnen
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

Provide an overview of the subject area of technology and gender. After the course, students should be able to establish references to their own subject discipline. The relevance of the category gender in technology is made recognisable and visible on different levels in and through the course. The lecture provides an overview of the current state of the debate on gender in engineering. Using selected examples, central fields of research are then discussed and the topic is approached from three sides:

  • "Women in Science and Technology": structural and symbolic barriers for women in these fields, proposed solutions for entry and qualification.
  • "Science and Technology of Gender": production and determination of gendering and gender differences in technological artefacts.
  • "Gender in Science and Technology": meta-analytical approaches to research practice and methodology in the technical sciences, mechanisms of gendering in technical epistemological interests, theorisations, methods, interpretations of results and research practices.

Subject of course

  • Introduction to gender theories: Location, definitions, debates
  • Explanation of terms: sex, gender, diversity, intersectionality
  • Historical development of gender equality debates (1st and 2nd women's movement)
  • Introduction Society - Gender - Technology
  • Women in Science and Technology - Historical contributions of women to science and technology in history
  • Representation(s) of Technology and Engineering: Images of Technology
  • Feminist critique of science and technology: approaches, methods, central research questions
  • Gender policy strategies: managing gender and diversity / anti-discrimination, gender-equitable language, gender budgeting
  • Science and technology studies, gender analysis of technological artefacts
  • Technology use by older people: Case study www.mobiseniora.at
  • Case study Gender in Science: Gender constructions in transport planning methods for mobility surveys
  • Technology and Constructions of Masculinity or: "The Engineer": Historical Development of the Profession
  • Gender and professional cultures or: "What is electrical engineering?"
  • Gender perspectives in SET (Science, Engineering and Technology): Gender criteria in research funding: conceptual considerations and current practice
  • Strategic approaches: fix the women, fix the institutions, fix the knowledge

Teaching methods


Mode of examination


Additional information

"This course is part of the basic module of the additional certificate "Gender and Diversity Competence". More information about the certificate can be found here."

With the Gender and Diversity Competence Certificate, graduates demonstrate their competence in taking gender and diversity aspects into account.

A prerequisite for issuing the certificate is the completion of courses from the following list in the amount of at least 16 ECTS.

Three courses amounting to 7 ECTS must be completed; for the remaining 9 ECTS, all courses from the "Optional Courses" list can be selected.

A list of courses can be found here.

Any administrative questions are welcome to email bente.knoll@b-nk.at.



Course dates

Thu14:00 - 18:0009.03.2023EI 3 Sahulka HS - UIW Technology and Gender, Basic Lecture for Engineering Scientists
Thu12:00 - 16:0016.03.2023EI 3 Sahulka HS - UIW Technology and Gender, Basic Lecture for Engineering Scientists
Thu14:00 - 18:0023.03.2023EI 3 Sahulka HS - UIW Technology and Gender, Basic Lecture for Engineering Scientists
Tue14:00 - 18:0018.04.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Technology and Gender, Basic Lecture for Engineering Scientists
Wed12:00 - 16:0003.05.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Technology and Gender, Basic Lecture for Engineering Scientists
Mon14:00 - 18:0015.05.2023Seminarraum Argentinierstrasse Technology and Gender, Basic Lecture for Engineering Scientists
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Written exam


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Mon14:30 - 16:3023.09.2024GM 2 Radinger Hörsaal - TCH written02.07.2024 10:00 - 20.09.2024 15:00TISS4. Prüfungstermin

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.02.2023 00:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 261 Technical Physics Elective
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Not specified
TRS Transferable Skills Not specified


Für die Prüfung empfohlene Literatur

Knoll, Bente; Ratzer, Brigitte (2010): Gender Studies in den Ingenieurwissenschaften. Wien: Facultas wuv Universitätsverlag. (Verfügbar in der Lehrbuchsammlung, Bibliothek oder Buchhandlung)


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