WGS 322 • 1-SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
This course examines the social and cultural construction of gender, focusing on women and men in U.S. society. We will explore how gender is experienced by different groups of men and women, with a focus on race/ethnicity, class, and nationality. The course begins with description of current gender stereotypes in popular culture, and differences in the socialization and education of girls and boys. Next we will examine gender differences in the workplace, exploring the reasons for the persistent gaps in pay between employed men and women. The second part of the course examines women's changing relationship to the home and work, including changes in the meanings of marriage and motherhood, with a focus on the lives of impoverished women. This section also reviews public policy responses to womens poverty. The final part of the course examines the impact of globalization on men and women workers. The course concludes with a discussion of the contemporary feminist movement, and its goal of improving the social conditions of all women.