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Course description

Individualized Program (INDI)

Topic: Gender, Diversity and Inclusivity in STEM
INDI 898 - Doctoral Level Studies
Summer 2019
3 units


This is an intensive one-week independent reading course. The students and professors/invited speakers/experts will meet for 24 hours between May 27 and 31 to discuss the readings and create deliverables; there is also an eight-hour excursion to Kahnawake.
Instructors: Dr. Gina Cody, Dr. Katemari Rosa (Federal University of Bahia), Dr. Mariana Paludi (Universidad Mayor Santiago de Chile), Mary-Beth Doucette (Cape Breton University), Dr. Alain Berinstain (Moon Express), Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf (Centre for Teaching and Learning), Dr. Stefanie Ruel (JMSB), Dr. Tanja Tajmel (GCS)
  • Final (group) project presentation - 33 and 1/3 %;
  • Final paper - 33 and 1/3 %;
  • Participation and attendance - 33 and 1/3%.
PASS or FAIL grade

Instructional objectives:

  • Develop collaborative skills that are essential to conducting quality graduate research;
  • Develop a broader understanding of the reproduction of social inequalities in the field of STEM;
  • Develop a critical understanding of public discourses of “diversity”;
  • Analyse the impact of technologies on the reproduction of gender differences;
  • Explain and discuss gender and diversity, and other relevant concepts and theories from various streams, with respect to the context of STEM;
  • Use and apply the concepts introduced in the lecture activities to hands-on workshop activities and research design;
  • Critically evaluate technical and academic literature;
  • Conduct a (group) research project and formulate an academic report that investigates the challenges in STEM-fields with respect to gender and diversity and promotes inclusivity.

The 2019 Institute will include the following activities:

  • Lectures, debates and discussions with experts from the fields of gender studies, critical race theory, science and technology studies, physics, engineering, critical management studies, and indigenous pedagogy;
  • Workshops with methodology experts in qualitative research, case studies, intersectional analysis, feminist analysis, and discourse analysis;
  • Field trip to Kahnawake to learn about the history of Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake. Through discussions and activities with experts, students will be introduced to indigenous perspectives and initiatives in STEM.

The lectures, discussions and workshops will cover the following topics:

  • Gender and STEM (women in science and engineering fields, women in Canadian space industry, gendered knowledge)
  • Diversity and STEM (conceptualization of diversity (race, class, gender, body), ‘othering’, people of color in STEM, intersectional perspectives)
  • Colonialism and STEM (indigenous scientists, indigenous knowledge, field trip)
  • Human rights and STEM (right to STEM education, discrimination, legal frameworks)

View the schedule of activities.

The list of recommended readings will be published soon. Meanwhile, please check out the biographies of our Institute leaders. These pages will be updated as more experts and readings are added.

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