Sociology | Advanced Topics. VT: Race, Class, and Gender
S660 | 6543 | Eder

11:15AM-1:10PM	T  S7 100

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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 part 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 theories including social constructivist, post-modern, Third
World feminism, and critical race theories.  The remaining part of
this section will focus primarily on issues of identity, education,
body, media, and sexuality/relationships.

In the second part 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 different forms of
masculinities. We will also examine upper middle class views to see
how they are shaped and linked to those of other privileged
statuses. This section will conclude with an examination of
processes of resistance and maintaining ethnic traditions as well as
a general discussion of perspectives on social change.

Course Goals:

One of my goals for this course is to have active participation by
all class members. Students will help in choosing class topics.
Also, 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 helping selecting course
readings or helping to scan readings.  All students will also co-
lead a discussion for one of the weeks.  Finally, I hope that during
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
during the exam week), 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).