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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 210
Course Title: *The Sociology of Gender
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Critical examination of gender as a social construct. The role of gender in socialization, sexuality, family, religion, work, the mass media, education, politics Cross-listed as WMST 210. G.E.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Spring.  

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Instructors are encouraged to use a primary text (texts 1 - 4 below) and a supplemental reader or text from the following list:

Questioning Gender
By Robyn Ryle (Pine Forge)
The Gendered Society
By Michael Kimmel (Oxford University)
Gender: Crossing Boundaries
By Grace Galliano (Cengage)
Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender and Culture
By Julia T. Wood (Cengage)
Constructing Sexualities: Readings in Sexuality, Gender, and Culture
By Suzanne LaFont (Pearson)
Readings in Gender and Culture in America
By McKee, Nancy P. and Linda Stone (Pearson)
The Gender Reader
By Ashton-Jones, Evelyn and Gary Olson and Merry G. Perry (Pearson)
Am I a Woman?: A Skeptics Guide to Gender
By Cynthia Eller (Beacon)
Pink Think: Becoming a Woman in Many Uneasy Lessons
By Lynn Peril (W.W. Norton)
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us
By Kate Bornstein (Vintage)
Nina Here Nor There
By Nick Krieger (Beacon)
By Raewyn Connell (Wiley)
Gender Roles: a Sociological Perspective
By Linda L. Lindsey (Pearson)
Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
By Caroline B. Brettell, Carolyn F. Sargent (Pearson)
Women, Men, and Society
By Claire M. Renzetti, Daniel J. Curran (Pearson)
The Gendered Society Reader
By Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson, editors (Oxford University Press)
Gender Through the Prism of Difference
By Maxine Baca Zinn, Pierrette A. Hondagneu-Sotelo and Michael A Messner, editors (Pearson)
Doing Gender Diversity: Readings in Theory and Real-World Experience
By Rebecca F. Plante and Lis M. Maurer, editors (Westview Press)
Gender and Social Life
By Roberta Satow (Pearson)
Course Objectives
  • To develop a sociological understanding of gender as a social construction.
  • To understand sociological perspectives on the gendered nature of social institutions.
  • To develop critical and analytical skills through the analysis of how gender is constructed in the mass media.
  • To develop a sociological understanding of the relationships between gender, sex, and sexuality.
Measurable Learning
  • Describe the historical and social construction of gender.
  • Explain gender diversity in terms of biological and social variations.
  • Identify and describe the structures and functions of gender in society.
  • Describe and analyze the social factors that affect the formation of gender identities.
  • Explain the significance of gender socialization through different social institutions from a sociological perspective.
  • Explain the social construction of sexuality.
  • Explain the economic and political consequences of gender roles.
Topical Outline:
  • The biology of sex and the social construction of gender
  • Gender essentialism
  • The major sociological theoretical perspectives on gender
  • Gender roles in different cultures
  • Gender in families
  • Gender in educational institutions
  • Gender in sports
  • Gender in religion
  • Gender at work
  • Gender in politics
  • Gender in the mass media
  • The gendered body
  • The social construction of sexuality
  • Heterosexism
  • Queer theory
  • Gender and violence
  • Intersectionality
  • Men and masculinities

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Ahoo Tabatabai Date: August 11, 2011
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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