Media Informatics or Software Engineering: Why do women study computer science?

M. Lanzenberger,M. Pohl:
"Media Informatics or Software Engineering: Why do women study computer science?";
Vortrag: 6th International Women into Computing Conference, London, UK; 14.07.2005 - 16.07.2005; in:"The Gender Politics of ICT", J. Achibald, J. Emms, F. Grundy, J. Payne, E. Turner (Hrg.); Middlesex University Press, (2005), ISBN: 1903561221; 7 S.

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Abstract:


Since 1997 there has been an increase of female students in computer science in Austria. We discuss possible reasons for this development, e.g., diversification of the studies emphasizing the application aspects (new Bachelor studies), the introduction of new fields in computer science studies, an increased demand for IT specialists holding an academic degree, and a higher percentage of young female Internet users. Women seem attracted by certain Bachelor studies like `Media Informatics´ and `Medical Computer Science´ and deterred by `Computer Engineering´ and `Information&Software Engineering´. However, from a feminist point of view the introduction of studies like `Medical Computer Science´ could reify gender stereotypes.