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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: WMST 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 SOCI 210. G.E.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):


Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

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

Instructors should choose one book from the following list:

Questioning Gender
By Robyn Ryle (Pine Forge)
The Gendered Society
By Michael Kimmel (Oxford University)
Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions
By Lisa Wade and Myra Marx Ferree (Norton)
Investigating Gender
By Martha Thompson and Michael Armato (Polity)
By Raewyn Connell
The Sociology of Gender
By Laura Kramer (Oxford University Press)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe the social construction of gender.
  2. Describe and analyze the social factors that affect the formation of gender identities.
  3. Explain the process of gender socialization through different social institutions from a sociological perspective.
  4. Explain the individual, economic and political consequences of gender.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • 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 social institutions.
  • The gendered body.
  • The social construction of sexuality.
  • Sexism and Heterosexism.
  • Gender and violence.
  • Intersectionality.
  • Men and masculinities.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Ahoo Tabatabai Date: November 29, 2016
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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