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COURSE NUMBER: SOCI 301
COURSE TITLE: Sociology of Gender
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: David Long
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Comparative study of gender roles and relations with an emphasis on Canada; a review of theories explaining sex-specific perspectives and behaviours; recent sociological research on the interpersonal, cultural, and structural significance of changing roles for women and men in contemporary societies

Prerequisites: Three credits in sociology at the introductory level
REQUIRED TEXTS: Kimmel, Micheal S. and Jacqueline Holler. 2011. The Gendered Society. Canadian Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Midterm30%
Major Assignment35%
Final Exam35%
100%
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Sept. 1  Humans as Gendered Beings  
    • Chap. 1  What is the sociology of gender? How/why do girls and boys become women and men?
  • Sept. 6, 8  Humans as biological beings – (Video - Anatomy of Desire)
    • Chap. 2  Does being born physically female/male inevitably lead us on a certain social path? 
  • Sept. 13, 15  Psychological, Developmental and Cultural Perspectives on Gender
    • Chaps. 3, 4 Sex roles, penis/womb envy, homophobia, rites of passage, matriarchy/patriarchy
  • Sept. 20 The emergence of sociological perspectives on gender
  • Sept. 21–22  Interdisciplinary Studies Conference -- A Sociological Field Day!!
  • Sept. 27. 29 Sociological Perspectives on Gendered Relations 
    • Chap. 5  Social constructionism, feminisms, masculinisms
  • Oct. 4, 6  The Gendered Family 1 – making sure we play our proper roles
    • Chap. 6  Nuclear family, grrrl power, second shift, (s)mothering , “being dad”
  • Oct. 11, 13  Gendered Classrooms and Religious Contexts I
    • Chap. 7  Hidden curriculum, teaching and institutionalizing discrimination
  • Oct. 18  Mid-term examination 
  • Oct. 20  Gendered Classrooms and Religious Contexts II
    • Chap. 7  Hidden curriculum, teaching and institutionalizing discrimination
  • Oct. 25, 27 The Gendered World of Work
    • Chap. 8  Glass cellars/escalators/ceilings, second shift/mommy track, male breadwinner role
  • Nov. 1, 3 The Gendered Media I
    • Chap. 9  Sexism in advertising, gaming
  • Nov. 8   The Gendered Media II – Gendered Messages in Music, Film and TV –  Tough Guise
  • Nov. 10  Fall Break – No Classes
  • Nov. 15, 17 Gender and Intimate Relations
    • Chap. 10 Sexualities and dating; from romantic love to date rape
  • Nov. 22, 24  The Gendered Body (Assignment Due Thursday, Nov. 24)
    • Chap. 11 The beauty myth, the “All American Guy”, trans/gender/sexual/vestite
  • Nov. 29 Dec. 1 Gendered Violence
    • Chap. 12 Intimate partner violence, SHIFT 
  • Dec. 6, 8 Epilogue and Final Exam Review


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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