Sociology | Gender Roles
S338 | 4125 | Fairchild


In this course, we will examine what the social construction of
gender means to how we live our everyday lives. We will explore how
and why society prescribes different gender roles to females and
males. We will discuss how gender roles affect the expectations,
experiences, and opportunities of men, women, girls, and boys. In
doing so, we will also examine what "feminine" and "masculine" mean
and how these concepts can be used in understanding gender roles.

Class lectures and readings will reflect a number of different
perspectives and will include a balanced emphasis on the female and
male gender roles. By participating in this class, you will gain the
conceptual and theoretical tools to analyze the personal and
institutional consequences of different social constructions of