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SOCI 210: *The Sociology Of Gender

Course 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 and WMST 210. G.E. course.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Ryle, R. (2014). Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • [ISBN-978-1- 4522-7586-4]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

The course encourages students to think of gender as a social construction, that is, it requires of them to engage with the assumption that gender is shaped by social, economic and historical forces. The ways in which gender has changed throughout history and the ways in which gender is lived differently in particular parts of the world, are at the heart of this class. In this class, students not only learn to examine gender but they will learn to examine all social phenomena as a mixture of social forces and individual choices. This skill, an important part of critical thinking, will be useful to them beyond their college experience. Within a sociological frame, the concept of gender is treated intersectionally. This course helps students develop a sociological understanding of the relationships between gender, race, class and nationality, among other social positions. The experience of gender and the impact of gender as social structure on individual lives is not uniform, neither locally nor globally, and this diversity is highlighted in the course content. This course engages with the works of scholars considered to be foundational in the discipline. Their engagement with gender is embedded in an analysis of the structural working of society as a whole.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


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 Outcomes

  • 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.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 450-500 90-100%
B 400-449 80-89%
C 350-399 70-79%
D 300-349 60-69%
F 0-299 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (16) 80 16%
Short Essays (3) 150 30%
Midterm Exam 120 24%
Final Exam 150 30%
Total 500 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introductory Discussion 1 5 Wednesday
Discussion 2 5 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 5 Wednesday
Discussion 4 5 Sunday
Short Essay 1 50 Saturday
Proctor Information N/A Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 5 Wednesday
Discussion 6 5 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 5 Wednesday
Discussion 8 5 Sunday
Midterm Exam 120
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 5 Wednesday
Discussion 10 5 Sunday
Short Essay 2 50 Saturday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 5 Wednesday
Discussion 12 5 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 5 Wednesday
Discussion 14 5 Sunday
Short Essay 3 50 Saturday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 5 Wednesday
Discussion 16 5 Friday
Final Exam 150 Saturday
Total Points 500

Assignment Overview

Readings

Readings consist of both book chapters and articles provided in the Content area. Please read this material before you address discussion posts.


Discussions

In the 8 weeks of the session, 16 discussion posts are required. The first discussion post is due on the Wednesday and the second is due on the Sunday of the session week with the exception of Week 8 when the last discussion will be due on Friday. The discussion prompts will serve as a guideline for the content of the post. A successful post will be at least 200 words in length and will engage with the reading. Posts based solely on opinion will not receive full credit. In addition to your own post, you are required to post at least two replies to classmates' posts.


Short Essays

General Guidelines: As part of your contribution to the class, you are required to write 3 “short analytical essays” due on the dates specified in the syllabus. Each paper is worth 50 points. Together the papers will make up 30% of your total course grade. Essays are expected to be college-level work, sharing correct information and good grammar. Please cite your sources, both within the text and in your references. You may choose between APA or ASA style of formatting. Essay should be a minimum of 550 words. A good short essay has:

a) Precise language, avoiding vague statements such as ex: “in today’s world/society”, or “they say”

b) Balanced engagement with class material

–Readings, discussions, lecture

–Engagement does not equal summarizing

–Balance between your life examples and the theory

c) Correct information

d) Good grammar

Please proofread your work.

Short Essay 1: Pick one of the theories described in Chapter 2. Then pick a scene from a favorite movie, television episode, or novel. Use this theory to explain the role of gender in that particular scene or episode.

Short Essay 2: In Chapter 6, much of Beth Bailey’s history of courtship in the United States is drawn from magazines and books. Do your own content analysis of popular magazines or dating advice books. What norms for courtship do they seem to prescribe? What do these sources tell you about the directions courtship is going and the changes that are taking place? For this assignment, you should engage with actual magazines and books. You can browse them at a bookstore or check them out at the local library. You should use at least 3 different books or magazines (Issues of the same magazine will not count as “different”).

Short Essay 3: Pick an occupation that interests you. Find information about the occupation on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website (www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.pdf). In your analysis, present the gender wage gap and gender segregation within the given occupation. Using the information from the book, explain why the occupation has the profile that it has. Notice that the information on the site is very specific. You can choose to combine the information into fields. (This assignment is listed at the end of Chapter 9). 


Exams

There are two exams in this class. The Midterm is worth 120 points. The Final Exam is worth 150 points. Each exam will include both multiple-choice and essay questions. Both exams are proctored.



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Perspective and History
Readings

Begin with the course syllabus. Familiarize yourself with the course requirements, assignments, and the D2L course. Read Chapter 1.

Introductory Discussion 1

Write a brief bio; include your occupation(s), hobbies, interests, how many online classes you've taken, your field of study, and any other information to help us get to know you. Additionally, what information from the syllabus is the most important to you? Due Wednesday.

Discussion 2

Sociologists argue that gender is a social construction. What is meant by this assertion? Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Sunday.

Week 2: Sociology of Gender
Readings

Chapter 2 and “Low-Calorie Feminism,” by Sharon Hays and Jess Butler (The link may be found in the Content area of the course.)

Discussion 3

Listen to this NPR broadcast about the Miss America Pageant protest. (The link may be found in the Content section.) Which brand of feminism is represented? Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Wednesday.

Discussion 4

Name and explain one theory presented in Chapter 2. Explain where the theory locates gender (interactional, institutional, etc.). Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Sunday.

Short Essay 1

Pick one of the theories described in Chapter 2. Then pick a scene from a favorite movie, television episode or novel. Use this theory to explain the role of gender in that particular scene or episode. Be sure to incorporate aspects you’ve gained from reading the course material. Due Saturday.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Socialization
Readings

Chapters 4 (skipping Chapter 3)

Discussion 5

Which gender socialization theory offers the best analysis for the process of becoming gendered? Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Wednesday.

Discussion 6

Please watch the video about transgender children. (The link may be found in the Content section.) What does the experience of trans-children contribute to our understanding of gender socialization? Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Sunday.

Week 4: Relationships
Readings

Chapter 6 (skipping Chapter 5) and “Is Hooking Up Bad for Young Women?” by Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Laura Hamilton and Paula England. (The link may be found in the Content area.)

Discussion 7

Name one reason why research about friendship is difficult to do? Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Wednesday.

Discussion 8

Is hooking up bad for women? Please answer the question by using the article to support your argument. Due Sunday.

Midterm Exam

This proctored exam should be completed between Tuesday and Sunday of Week 4. The exam will include questions from the text Chapters 1-2, 4, and 6, plus the articles, totaling 120 points. You have 120 minutes to complete the exam. No notes, books, or reference materials are allowed during the exam. Save your answers as you go through the exam. Do not submit or log off until all the questions are completed. D2L will not let you re-enter the test site. Midterm exams taken after Week 4 are not accepted.

Week 5: Bodies
Readings

Chapter 7 and “The Search for Sexual Intimacy for Men with Cerebral Palsy,” by Russell P. Shuttleworth. (The link may be found in the Content area.)

Discussion 9

How would the “Doing Gender” perspective see bodies? What are ways in which the body is a resource for doing gender? Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Wednesday.

Discussion 10

How is the expression of masculinity different for able-bodied men and men with CP? Please answer the question by using the article to support your argument. Due Sunday.

Short Essay 2

In Chapter 6, much of Beth Bailey’s history of courtship in the United States is drawn from magazines and books. Do your own content analysis of popular magazines or dating advice books. What norms for courtship do they seem to prescribe? What do these sources tell you about the directions courtship is going and the changes that are taking place? For this assignment, you should engage with actual magazines and books. You can browse them at a bookstore or check them out at the local library. You should use at least 3 different books or magazines (Issues of the same magazine will not count as “different”). Due Saturday.

Week 6: Family
Readings

Chapter 8 and “Against Love,” by Laura Kipnis. (The link may be found in the Content area.)

Discussion 11

Please name and explain one of the theories of marriage discussed in Chapter 8. Please answer the question by using the article to support your argument. Due Wednesday.

Discussion 12

Is the family under attack? Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Sunday.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Work
Readings

Chapter 9 and “The Work-Home Crunch,” by Kathleen Gerson and Jerry A. Jacobs. (The link may be found in the Content area.)

Discussion 13

Name and explain one factor that contributes to the second-shift. Please answer the question by using the article to support your argument. Due Wednesday.

Discussion 14

Visit the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. (The link may be found in the Content area.)  Compare/contrast the IWPR gender wage gap with the gender wage gap of your state. Is comparable worth a valid solution to this gender pay gap? Why or why not?  Use your text, the IWPR and your state’s information for support. Due Sunday.

Short Essay 3

Pick an occupation that interests you. Find information about the occupation on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website (www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.pdf). In your analysis, present the gender wage gap and gender segregation within the given occupation. Using the information from the book, explain why the occupation has the profile that it has. Notice that the information on the site is very specific. You can choose to combine the information into fields. (This assignment is listed at the end of Chapter 9). Due Saturday.

Week 8: Media
Readings

Chapter 10

Discussion 15

Find a commercial online (provide the link in your post) or view the commercial found in our Content section. Unpack the assumptions it makes about gender, particularly gender differences. Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Wednesday.

Discussion 16

Explain one of the three “Rs” (Relaxation, Revenge, Restoration) of Kimmel’s analysis of video games, discussed in Chapter 10. Explain how they relate to the male experience in society. Please answer the question by using the book to support your argument. Due Friday.

Final Exam

The Final Exam will cover Chapters 7-10, plus the articles, worth 150 points. There are both multiple choice questions and essays. You are allowed 120 minutes to complete the exam. No notes, books, or reference materials are allowed during the exam. This exam is proctored. Save your answers as you go through the exam. Do not submit or log off until all the questions are completed. D2L will not let you re-enter the test site. No late Final exams will be accepted.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

No quizzes or exams are accepted late.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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