Sociology | Topics in Social Psychology
S431 | 21004 | Eder


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 begin with an examination of the social and
historically situated constructions of race, gender, and class in
cross-cultural settings.  Then we will analyze the way in which
mainstream concepts regarding bodies and sexuality have affected the
lives of women and men. Here we will also look at the way in which
race and class issues are interrelated with issues of sexuality and
concepts of femininity and masculinity.  This will be followed by an
examination of the ways in which people are redefining sexuality and
relationships through fiction and cultural practices.

In the next section of the course we will examine constructions of
identity, focusing in more depth on both social class and ethnic
identities.  We will also look at processes of race and class
oppression as well as ways in which being middle class and being
white shape our belief systems.  The last section will examine
creative expression as a means of resisting oppression as well as
other forms of resistance and social change.

Required course readings include the following-
Multicultural Experiences, Multicultural Theories by Mary Rodgers
Unequal Childhoods by Annette Lareau
Elusive Culture by D. Yon
Reader for Race, Gender, and Class (Available at TIS)