Sociology | Race, Class and Gender
S660 | 10311 | 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 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,
socialization, 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 also examine upper middle class views to see how they are
shaped and linked to those related to other privileged statuses.
This domination and resistance 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.  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 meetin
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
discussions for one week.  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
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 percent of your grade and you stick to round numbers
(ex. 40-20-20-20).