Sociology | Gender Roles
S338 | 20303 | Cott


This course investigates the concepts of femininity and masculinity as
they are defined by society.  Focusing on sociology, we will explore
the multiple ways in which gender roles are assigned, manipulated,
demonstrated, and reinforced.  Our specific culture and historical
moment determines what is considered appropriate or expected behaviors
and attitudes for males and females; there are few, if any, universal
gender roles.  For simplicity, we will focus almost exclusively on the
United States.  In the choice of the readings and lecture material, I
have made a significant effort to include analyses of race and social
class, as they undoubtedly intersect with gender expectations.  The
goal of this course is to provide you with a better understanding of
gender roles; both from a sociological perspective and as they impact
your life.  Using principles of sociology, we will investigate gender
expectations from a theoretical, cultural, and institutional
perspective.  Some of our topics will include:  gender role
expectations, socialization, feminist and non-feminist theory, the
media, the family, etc.