2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Sep 22, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

SOC 212 - Gender and Society


Description: Examine the ways society shapes and defines the positions and roles of both men and women. Emphasis on the sociological theories and research methods used to study how femininities and masculinities are constructed within the following social institutions: the family, education, work, healthcare, and the mass media.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Overview of psychological and biological perspectives on gender
  2. Sociological perspectives on gender (i.e., conflict, functionalist, symbolic interactionist, and feminist theories)
  3. Sociological research methods used to study gender
  4. Sociological concepts used to understand gender (i.e., differential socialization, anticipatory socialization, the self-fulfilling prophecy, and the Thomas Theorem)
  5. Gender in the social institution of the family
  6. Gender in the social institution of education
  7. Gender in the social institution of work
  8. Gender in the social institution of the media
  9. Gender in the social institution of healthcare
  10. Gender and violence
  11. Gender and sexuality
  12. Gender in different parts of the world

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Give an overview of the psychological and biological perspectives on gender. (1)
  2. Explain the sociological perspectives on gender; (i.e., conflict, functionalist, symbolic interactionist, and feminist theories). (2)
  3. Explain how gender is a social construction. (2)
  4. Describe the various methods that sociologists use to study gender. (i.e., surveys, experiments, interviews, and observations). (3)
  5. Use sociological perspectives and concepts (i.e., differential socialization, anticipatory socialization, the self-fulfilling prophecy, and the Thomas Theorem) to describe how gender affects men's and women's statuses and roles within the following social institutions: family, education, work, media, and healthcare. (4-9)
  6. Use sociological perspectives and concepts to describe how gender and violence are connected. (10)
  7. Use sociological perspectives and concepts to describe how gender and sexuality are connected. (11)
  8. Use sociological perspectives and concepts to describe how gender affects people in various parts of the world. (12)