STS 318

The Science of Gender

This course explores gender from a scientific perspective. Taking a comparative approach, students critically examine the biological and experiential / social factors that influence sex differences, gender roles, and sexual preference in human and non-human animals, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity in humans. Students consider how variation in sex and gender may evolve through natural and sexual selection, and how human perceptions of gender feedback to influence the scientific study of animals. Policy and ethical implications of scientific research on gender are also considered.