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Course Unit Title : sociology of gender
Course Unit Code : 02erssos7107
Type of Course Unit : Optional
Level of Course Unit : Second Cycle
Year of Study : Preb
Semester : 255.Semester
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated : 6,00
Name of Lecturer(s) : ---
Course Assistants :
Learning Outcomes of The Course Unit : Understand and discuss methods of research in the field of gender.
Identify diverse presentations and experiences of gender in society, with special attention to the intersection between gender, race, class and sexuality.
Demonstrate basic understanding of the different theoretical perspectives related to the analysis of gender.
Identify diverse presentations and experiences of gender in society, with special attention to the intersection between gender, race, class and sexuality.
Critically analyze the relationship between gender and other social institutions.
Recognize and critically examine the construction of gendered individuals and their relation to society.
Express an understanding of the role gender plays in society and its relation to issues of inequality.
Mode of Delivery : Face-To-Face
Prerequisities and Co-requisities Courses : Unavailable
Recommended Optional Programme Components : Unavailable
Course Contents : All of the assignments are considered generally equal in their impact on your grade, as they all will allow you to show your comprehension and engagement with the material. Greater weight can be taken from any one of the assignments as each student can be better at expressing understanding in different formats.
Languages of Instruction : -English
Course Goals : The course is broken up into four sections. The first will be an introduction to the ideas, concepts and methods of studying gender and gender inequality in society. The second section will deal directly with the major theories of gender analysis, the differences between the perspectives and the projected ways of challenging inequality. The third section will continue discussions of theory by applying theory to groups that had been marginalized in previous theoretical discussions. The ideas and theories in this section problematize both theoretical and epistemological aspects of gender and raise important issues for sociological practices. Finally, in the fourth section, the course will address the issues that arise in society in relation to gender.
Finally, in the fourth section, the course will address the issues that arise in society in relation to gender. Much of this section will be spent discussing empirical research, but theory will be addressed throughout
Course Aims : This course is intended to introduce graduate students to diverse theories that explain gender relations in contemporary society. Consequently this seminar is intended to provide a critical perspective on how we construct male and female identities and how the consequences of such a construction affect institutions, culture and society.
WorkPlacement   each assignment also displays a different skill, each of which may carry greater importance in your experience as a graduate student (such as paper development and writing is an important skill).
Recommended or Required Reading
Textbook : Andersen, Margaret L. and Howard F. Taylor 2001 Sociology: The Essentials. Wadsworth. Eitzen, D. Stanley and Maxine Baca-Zinn 1986 Social Problems. (3rd Ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1989 Social Problems. (4rd Ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1992 Social Problems. (5rd Ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1994 Social Problems. (6rd Ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1997 Social Problems. (7rd Ed.) Boston: Allyn and Bacon. Esping-Andersen, Gosta 1990 The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Gorz, Andre 1964 Strategy for Labor: A Radical Proposal. Boston: Beacon Press. Harrington, Michael 1984 The New American Poverty. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. Lim, Linda Y.C. 1983 "Capitalism, Imperialism, and Patriarchy: The Dilemma of Third-World Women Workers in Multinational factories." pp. 70-91 in June Nash and Maria Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, Women, Men, and the International Division of Labor. Albany: State University of New York Press. Long, Russell L. 1993" The World Economy and Patterns of Vulnerability and Inequality: A Comparative Analysis of the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Germany." Unpublished Dissertation. The University of New Mexico. 1995 "The Differential Impact of the World Economy on Men and Women Employed in Globally Competitive Industrial Sectors: A Cross-National Comparison." Currently under review by the Humboldt Journal of Social Relations. Humboldt State University, Arcata, California Staudt, Kathleen 1987 "Programming Women's Empowerment: A case from Northern Mexico." Pp. 155-176 in Women on the U.S.-Mexico border: Responses to Change by Ruiz, Vicki L and Susan Tiano. Boston: Allen & Unwin.
Additional Resources : Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Material Sharing
Documents : Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Assignments : Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Exams : Final Paper
Additional Material : Midterm Presentation
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Lectures, Practical Courses, Presentation, Seminar, Project, Laboratory Applications (if necessary)
ECTS / Table Of Workload (Number of ECTS credits allocated)
Student workload surveys utilized to determine ECTS credits.
Activity :
Number Duration Total  
Course Duration (Excluding Exam Week) :
14 3 42  
Time Of Studying Out Of Class :
14 3 42  
Homeworks :
1 25 25  
Presentation :
1 0 0  
Project :
1 0 0  
Lab Study :
0 0 0  
Field Study :
0 0 0  
Visas :
1 30 30  
Finals :
1 30 30  
Workload Hour (30) :
30  
Total Work Charge / Hour :
169  
Course's ECTS Credit :
6      
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Studies During Halfterm :
Number Co-Effient
Visa :
1 60
Quiz :
0 0
Homework :
2 40
Attendance :
0 0
Application :
0 0
Lab :
0 0
Project :
0 0
Workshop :
0 0
Seminary :
0 0
Field study :
0 0
   
TOTAL :
100
The ratio of the term to success :
50
The ratio of final to success :
50
TOTAL :
100
Weekly Detailed Course Content
Week Topics  
1 Part I Beginnings and Understandings Week One Overview of class. Discussion with everyone about Gender issues in society, directions to go and concerns in academia with gender. Review of article in class.
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
2 Week Two Origins of gender/gender inequality Reader: Bem: Dismantling Gender Polarization and Compulsory Heterosexuality (On-line) Buss: Sexual Strategies Theory (On-line) Paechter: Masculine femininities/feminine masculinities (On-line) Johnson, Gender Knot, Chapter 1 (On-line) Lorber: Believing is seeing: Biology is ideology (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
3 Week Three Researcher Methods in Gender Research: Concerns and controversies Hesse-Biber and Yaiser, Readings 1, 2, 13, 17, 22
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
4 Week Four Feminism and Power Lorber: Preface, Chapter 13 Reader: Tong: Introduction: The Diversity of Feminist Thinking (On-line) (NO) Steinem: If Men Could Menstruate (On-line) (NO) Walker: Couples Watching Television (On-line) Sheffield: Sexual Terrorism (On-line) Spivey: Distancing and Solidarity as Resistance to Sexual Objectification in a Nude Dancing Bar (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
5 Part II Theories of Gender Development Week Five Marxist, Socialist and Radical Feminists Lorber, Chapters 2, 3& 5 Reader: Colley: A ?Rough Guide? to the History of Mentoring from a Marxist Feminist Perspective (On-line) Seelhoff: Radical feminism and the politics of pregnancy and child birth Blum: Possibilities and Limits of the Comparable Worth Movement (On-line) George: A peace plan for the gender war (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
6 Week Six Social Constructionist, Psychoanalytic and Liberal Feminists Lorber, Chapters 1, 7, & 11 Reader: West & Zimmerman: Doing Gender (On-line) McGuffey & Rich: Playing in the Gender Transgression Zone (On-line) Carr: Tomboy resistance and conformity (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
7 Part III: Applying theory beyond the dominant group Week Seven Men and Masculinity in Gender Studies: Controversy with both Hesse-Biber & Yaiser, Reading 10, 14 Lorber, Chapter 10 Reader: bell hooks: Men: Comrades in Struggle (On-line) Kaufman: The Construction of Masculinity and the Triad of Men?s Violence (On-line) Messner: Politics of Masculinities, Chapter 1 (On-line) Kendall: ?Oh No! I?m a Nerd?: Hegemonic Masculinity?. (On-line) Connell: The Social Organization of Masculinity (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
8 Week Eight Multicultural Feminism: Moving beyond White, Middle-class Feminism Hesse-Biber & Yaiser, Readings 6 Lorber, Chapters 8 & 9 Reader: McIntosh: White Privilege and Male Privilege: Unpacking the White Knapsack (On-line) Tuana (and discussion): With Many Voices (On-line) hooks: Feminism?It?s a Black Thang! (On-line) (NO) Collins: Toward a New Vision
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
9 Week Nine Queer Theory and Sexuality Lorber 6 & 12 Hesse-Biber & Yaiser: 11 Reader: Rochlin: Heterosexual Questionnaire (On-line) (NO) Katz: ?Homosexual? and ?Heterosexual? (On-line) (NO) Bem: Exotic becomes Erotic (On-line) Townley: Lesbians play football too (On-line) Dozier: Beards, Breast, and Bodies (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
10 Part IV Gender in Society Week Ten Socialization and Childhood: Learning Gender Reader: Messner: Boyhood, Organized Sports, and the Construction of Masculinities (On-line) Carter & Hesse-Biber: Socialization and the Production of Gender Inequality (On-line) Bem: Feminist Child-rearing (On-line) Smith: Schooling for Inequality (On-line) Burnham & Harris: Effects of Real Gender?.. (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
11 Week Twelve Family and Gender: Marriage, Housework and Childcare Reader: Hays: Mommy Wars (On-line) Young: The Mommy Wars (On-line) Marcusa: Revisiting the Mommy Wars (On-line) Gardner: Search for a truce in ?Mommy Wars? (On-line) Coltrane: Families and Gender Equity (On-line) (NO) Hochschild: The Second Shift (On-line) Popenoe: Parental Androgyny (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
12 Violence: Is it a gendered issue? Hesse-Biber & Yaiser, Reading 14 Reader: White, Donat & Bondurant: A developmental examination of violence against girls and women(On-line) Felson: Violence and Gender Reexamined (with White article) Straus: Physical Assaults by Wives (On-line) Kurz: Physical Assaults by Husbands (On-line) Quinn: Sexual Harassment and Masculinity (On-line) Berns: Degendering the problem and gendering the blame (On-line) Lafferty & McKay: Suffragettes in Satin Shorts (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
13 Media, language and final thoughts Lorber, Part V Reader: Messner, Duncan & Jensen: Separating the Men from the Girls: The Gendered language of Televised Sports (On-line) Kang: The Portrayal of Women?s Images in Magazine Advertisements (On-line) Barron & Kimmel: Sexual Violence in Three Pornographic Media (On-line)
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
14 Discussions and Presentations
  Study Materials: Henslin, James. 2007. Sociology. A Down-to-Earth Approach. 8th edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.