Sociology | Gender Roles
S338 | 3890 | Shirley

S338 Gender Roles   (3 CR)
3890 1:00-2:15  TR       (GY143)

Have you ever heard someone say "that's not very ladylike" or
"boys will be boys"?  In this course, we will examine how and
why society prescribes different gender roles to girls and boys
and to men and women.  In turn, we will discuss how those
gender roles affect the expectations, experiences, and
opportunities of women and men in society.  The lectures and
readings will reflect a number of different perspectives, and
we will attempt to provide an equal emphasis on the female and
male gender roles.  Specifically, we will discuss the meanings
of sex and gender; different theories about the appropriate
roles for men and women; gender and culture (deviance,
language, media, beauty/attractiveness, and childhood); gender
and institutions (science, medicine, education, family, and
work); sexuality, violence, and sexual politics;
cross-cultural, racial/ethnic, historical, and sexuality-based
variations in gender; and proposed social change for gender

The purpose of this course is to help you better understand how
gender roles are socially constructed and to see how gender
stratification works in your everyday lives.  You will gain the
conceptual and theoretical tools to analyze the personal and
institutional consequences of different social constructions of