WGS 322 • Sociology Of Gender
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
The course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of contemporary gender relations through the comparative perspective. We will examine the current differences between males and females in American Society in terms of both their public (work, politics) and private (marriage, parenting, sexuality) roles. We will attempt to explain the origins of these gender differences through an investigation of the contributions of biology, socialization, and cultural ideology. We will also examine alternative lifestyles for both sexes, the feminist movement, and the status of gender relationships in other nations, such as China, Israel, and the USSR. Part of the course material focuses on contemporary sex-role issues, such as women in the military, the Equal Rights Amendment and so-called "reverse discrimination." Class format is primarily lecture and discussion, supplemented by films and guest speakers.