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Sociology of Gender

This course explores the sociology of gender. We will examine the ways in which gender has evolved historically across space and time, how gender relates to a series of other social trends, and how thinking around gender has changed over time. In doing so, we will explore feminist and other theoretical models as they are applied to gender. A sociological perspective brings attention to the different ways in which individuals and groups are positioned in society, and sociological theories regarding gender shed light on the ways in which masculinity and femininity have been constructed in society. We begin by deconstructing what it means to be a man and or woman in contemporary society, and discussing how gender has been incorporated into practices and policies in the workplace, family life, and in leisure. We then continue with a more substantive examination of socialization, and how it takes place through institutions such as the family, the school, the news/media, and the firm. We also look at the ways in which gender has been represented in popular discourse and advertising, and further how this representation influences the kinds of activities we choose and the social relationships we establish throughout our lives.

SOCIOL 2Q06

Sociology of Gender

Unit(s): 6.0 Level(s): II Term(s): Full Year Offered?: Yes

This course explores the sociology of gender. We will examine the ways in which gender has evolved historically across space and time, how gender relates to a series of other social trends, and how thinking around gender has changed over time. In doing so, we will explore feminist and other theoretical models as they are applied to gender. A sociological perspective brings attention to the different ways in which individuals and groups are positioned in society, and sociological theories regarding gender shed light on the ways in which masculinity and femininity have been constructed in society. We begin by deconstructing what it means to be a man and or woman in contemporary society, and discussing how gender has been incorporated into practices and policies in the workplace, family life, and in leisure. We then continue with a more substantive examination of socialization, and how it takes place through institutions such as the family, the school, the news/media, and the firm. We also look at the ways in which gender has been represented in popular discourse and advertising, and further how this representation influences the kinds of activities we choose and the social relationships we establish throughout our lives.


Prerequisite(s): SOCIOL 1A06 Priority will be given to students registered in a Sociology program.