Sociology | Advanced Topics
S660 | 4161 | Eder


Topic:  Race, Class, and Gender

This course will examine the influence of gender, race, and class
from a perspective of power and culture.  We will question the way in
which power dynamics influence these social statuses by focusing on
their interlinkages. The course will be divided into two sections.
The first half will examine the experiences of people who have been
oppressed, with a special focus on those who have experienced
multiple forms of oppression.  We will cover a variety of forms
theories including social constructivist, post-modern approaches,
feminist and Afrocentric thought. The remaining part of this section
will focus primarily on issue of identity, body, and
sexuality/relationships.

In the second half of the course we will examine how groups of people
learn to be dominant, turning to issues of whiteness, masculinity,
and class domination.  We will begin by looking at a variety of
contextual factors that influence conceptions of race and of
whiteness.  Then we will
look at the way in which the concept of rationality has influenced
certain Euro-American masculinities. We will examine other types of
masculinities as well including those of non-sexist men.  This
section will conclude with an examination of key processes of
domination and resistance as well as a general discussion of
perspectives on social change.

Readings for the course will include Multicultural Experiences,
Multicultural Theories edited by Mary Rodgers
The Social Construction of Whiteness by Ruth Frankenberg

Other readings will be distributed and/or made available prior to
class time.

Course Goals:

One of my goals for this course is to have active participation by
all class members.  This means that all students are expected to
participate in class discussions.  In addition I hope that class
members will provide feedback about course goals, progress in meeting
them and classroom dynamics throughout the semester.  Also, you will
have the option of helping prepare for the class by either
distributing readings for one week of the course or co-leading a
discussion for one week.  Finally, I hope in class discussions we
will respect and value differences in perspectives, opinions and
backgrounds.

Course Requirements:

All students are expected to do one major paper-- either an empirical
study, a research proposal, or a library research paper.  Group
projects are an option and should result in a more expanded paper.
In addition, you can choose to do two or more of the following
options: 1) take a midterm take-home exam, 2) write reflection papers
on the readings for three of the weeks, 3) give an oral presentation
of your paper (either on the week most relevant or the last week of
class), 4) do a community service learning project combining
volunteer work with reflective writing and give an oral report.  You
will be able to divide the way your grade is computed among the three
or more requirements as long as the paper receives at least 40 per
cent of your grade and you stick to round numbers (ex. 40-20-20-20).