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5 Sessions
Audit (Free)
Premium ($10 USD / Month)
Credit Eligible ($300 USD)
The University of Texas at Austin
Visual Arts, History and Culture
Skill Level
Gender Studies, Identity, Activism, Social Justice, Social Media, Feminism
Course Description

What are the issues affecting women and minorities in the creative and technological fields? What are some of the ways to solve them? Why is diversity important? These are some of the questions we will address in this class. The format of our sessions will vary between presentations by the instructor and interviews with guests. We will be looking at case studies, examining our own attitudes and biases, and coming up with solutions. We will have nationally and internationally renowned guests from various fields at the intersection of art and technology. This is a great opportunity to find out more about fields within and beyond your interests and to study the current practices employed by leaders from various creative and technological fields.


This course is in Scheduled mode, and Learn more about Scheduled courses here.

Session 1: Welcome
Unleashing the Untapped: James Preston. STEM, Issues and Interventions: Mary Fernandez. Empowering the Underrepresented: Charlie Jackson.
Session 2: Shining the Light on Marginalized Communities
Shining the Light on Marginalized Communities: PJ Raval. International politics and internal dynamics: Wafaa Billal. Artist as Activist, Working in the Repressed Regime: Masha Godovannaya.
Session 3: The Histories of Sexuality, Gender, and Identity
Read "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist- Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," in Simians, Cyborgs and Women, "Split Subjects, Not Atoms; or, How I Fell in Love with My Prosthesis." The Cyborg Handbook, and "Tinysex and Gender Trouble." Sex/Machine: Readings in Culture, Gender and Technology.
Session 4: Technology and Vision
Read "Digitizing race: Visual cultures of the Internet", and "Entering the picture: Judy Chicago, the Fresno Feminist Art Program and the collective visions of women artists".
Session 5: Technology, Gender, and Desire
Read works from Judith Halberstam, Adranne Wadewitz, and Amy Adele Hasinoff. Introduction of WikiStorming Assignment.
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Credit Eligible

Kadenze has partnered with The University of Texas at Austin to offer this course for 1 college credits.*

How much does it cost?

This course costs $300 USD to take for college credit.

*Upon completion, this rigorous college-level course will provide credits that are recognized and transferable from the partnering institution. Credit as workload and transferability is defined by the granting institution. Participation in these courses does not represent an acceptance decision or admission from the institution that offers them.

Grading Policy

This course requires a total of approximately 50 hours of work, including both lectures and independent student learning time.

Plagiarism: We learn by doing our own work, and by collaborating with other students. Discussing course content and assignments with your peers is an important and helpful way to deepen your learning. However, encouraging others to copy your homework and submit it as their own is a form of cheating. So please don't post your completed assignments or correct answers to quizzes, tests, or other assessments to the discussion forums or in repositories outside of Kadenze.

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Additional Information

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