Spring 2020  |  SOC 5221 Section 001: Sociology of Gender (65900)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Meets With:
SOC 3221 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 120
Enrollment Status:
Open (2 of 4 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
Gender is something so fundamental to our lives, to our identities, and how we interact with others that we often take it for granted. However, understandings of gender vary across time and place, and even within cultures, making it clear that our understandings of gender are not universal or timeless. In this class, we will examine how gender intersects with race and sexuality, as well as how it impacts areas of our lives such as child socialization, family structure, the media, intimate relationships, and the workplace.
Class Notes:
1 seat reserved for Soc PhD student through 12/4/19. Click on this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?cabdi+SOC5221+Spring2020
Class Description:

This course examines gender through an interdisciplinary perspective. We will explore how we all ‘do gender' and how this performance varies across time and space. The course draws from literature on the United States as well as from transnational perspectives to critically study the gendered patterns produced by institutions in our society. These patterns reveal how gender intersects with race, ethnicity, nation, class, religion and sexuality in complex ways. We will also engage with academic literature examining how gender shapes our lives throughout the life course including child socialization, family structure, the media, intimate relationships, and the workplace.

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate a good understanding of feminist sociological theories on gender in society.

Recognize and compare local and global perspectives on gender constructions through sociological theories.

Understand how gender intersects and is closely linked with various power hierarchies in society such as race, class, sexuality.

20%-Attendance, participation, presentations.
50%-Two exams over the course of the semester.
30%-Research paper on one of the course themes.
Exam Format:
Two exams over the course of the semester. These exams will include short answer as well as essay-type questions.
Class Format:
Lectures, videos, group discussions and student-led presentations
about 50-60 pages of reading per week
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
29 October 2019

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