TDT10 Gender and Diversity in Software Development

(The syllabus can change until August)




ECTS 3.75

The purpose of this course is to investigate why and how increased understanding of the role of gender and diversity can contribute to better knowledge, processes, solutions for Software Development

The course will be organized as presentations by the teacher, by the students, by external actors. Weekly meetings will be organized (indicative slot Thursday from 12-13).

Papers will be chosen from this list in agreement with the teacher.

Theme General

K. Albusays et al., The Diversity Crisis in Software Development, in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 19-25, March-April 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3045817. (pages 7)

Jaccheri L, Pereira C, Fast S. Gender Issues in Computer Science: Lessons Learnt and Reflections for the Future. In2020 22nd International Symposium on Symbolic and Numeric Algorithms for Scientific Computing (SYNASC) 2020 Sep 1 (pp. 9-16). IEEE.

Theme Education from School to University

Ozkaya, Mom, Where Are the Girls?, in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 3-6, March-April 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3044410. (pages 4)

R. Prado, W. Mendes, K. S. Gama and G. Pinto, How Trans-Inclusive Are Hackathons?, in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 26-31, March-April 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3044205. (pages 6)

J. Simmonds, M. C. Bastarrica and N. Hitschfeld-Kahler, Impact of Affirmative Action on Female Computer Science/Software Engineering Undergraduate Enrollment, in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 32-37, March-April 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3044841. (pages 6)

I would blush if I could: closing gender divides in digital skills through education – UNESCO Digital Library. (accessed Nov. 24, 2020).

E. Rubegni, M. Landoni, A. De Angeli, and L. Jaccheri, Detecting Gender Stereotypes in Children Digital StoryTelling, in Proceedings of the Interaction Design and Children – IDC ’19, 2019, pp. 386–393, doi: 10.1145/3311927.3323156.

Theme Industry and Society

L. S. Machado, C. Caldeira, M. Gattermann Perin and C. R. B. de Souza, Gendered Experiences of Software Engineers During the COVID-19 Crisis, in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 38-44, March-April 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3040135.

S. Zacchiroli, Gender Differences in Public Code Contributions: A 50-Year Perspective, in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 45-50, March-April 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3038765.

R. Nadri, G. Rodriguez-Perez and M. Nagappan, Insights Into Nonmerged Pull Requests in GitHub: Is There Evidence of Bias Based on Perceptible Race?, in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 51-57, March-April 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3036758.

L. B. Furtado, B. Cartaxo, C. Treude and G. Pinto, How Successful Are Open Source Contributions From Countries With Different Levels of Human Development?, in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 58-63, March-April 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3044020.

C. Pretorius, M. Razavian, K. Eling and F. Langerak, Combined Intuition and Rationality Increases Software Feature Novelty for Female Software Designers, in IEEE Software, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 64-69, March-April 2021, doi: 10.1109/MS.2020.3043663.

J. Brevik, J. C. T. Vidal, and L. Jaccheri, Designing software to prevent child marriage globally, in Proceedings of the Interaction Design and Children – IDC ’19, 2019, pp. 452–457, doi: 10.1145/3311927.3325322.

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