Social Sciences Department

Sociology 311 Sociology of Gender  Office: FOB 11F
Winter 2010
Phone: (805) 756-6261
Dr. Barbara Mori

OFFICE HOURS:  MW 2:00-4:00 TR 8-9:00
(or by appt.)


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This course focuses on the understanding of the way gender is defined in American culture and the impact of these definitions on the lives of men and women within American society. The course explores various areas in which gender plays a role in structuring the way men and women interact, constrains or expands the opportunities available to people, comes to define the individual to him- or herself and is transferred to the next generation via language, childhood socialization and education. The course encourages students to be critical consumers of media and of the presentations of gender in society. Issues such as gender discrimination, privilege and politics are viewed from the perspective of gender definitions and the impact of feminism on the study of gender and lives of men and women. The kinds of questions raised by changing gender definitions, the value of cultural diversity and the acceptance of variation are also explored.

This course requires classroom participation.  Students will be expected to arrive on time for class, to answer questions and participate in discussion and to attend regularly.  No papers will be accepted for a grade after the last day of class.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Develop an understanding of the problems and implications of the United States as a multicultural, pluralistic society as affected by gender definitions.

Learn to apply a holistic/integrated approach to current social problems, especially those that affect people as men and women such as rape, on a local, regional and global level.

Appreciate the way social groups and structures and definitions of maleness and femaleness influence individual behavior and the way individual behavior influences social groups and structures.

Show growth in the ability to think critically concerning important issues facing our society and societies in a global perspective.

Demonstrate the writing skills necessary to communicate effectively in their work.

Be prepared to enter a broad range of careers by which the insights and skills of sociology, and if they so choose, prepare for further graduate training in sociology and other fields of study which can draw on the breadth of training in the discipline of academic sociology.


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