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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Susan E Marshall

Associate Faculty Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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Susan E Marshall

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Biography

Research

gender; political sociology; U.S. feminist and antifeminist movements; women's political history; right-wing politics; gender, race, and class differences in political attitudes

Research Subject Headings: Gender, Inequality, Politics, Race and ethnicity

WGS 322 • Sociology Of Gender

47965 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 1.106
(also listed as SOC 333K )
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Description:

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, sexuality, 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 gap in pay between employed men and women.  The third 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 women’s poverty.  The final part of the course examines the impact of globalization on men and women around the world.

WGS 322 • Sociology Of Gender

47265 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 1.106
(also listed as SOC 333K )
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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, sexuality, 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 gap in pay between employed men and women.  The third 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 women’s poverty.  The final part of the course examines the impact of globalization on men and women around the world.

WGS 322 • Sociology Of Gender

46980 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 212
(also listed as SOC 333K )
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Description

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, sexuality, 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 gap in pay between employed men and women.  The third 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 women’s poverty.  The final part of the course examines the impact of globalization on men and women around the world.

Texts

The required readings for this course are contained within the following three books:

ANDERSEN. Thinking about Women, 9th ed. 2011. (paper)

COHEN. Men and Masculinity: A Text Reader. 2001. (paper)

McKEE and STONE. Gender and Culture in America, 3rd ed. 2007. (paper)

Grading Requirements

There are a total of four exams for this course: three mid-term exams and a cumulative final exam administered during the exam period. Your final grade is based upon your top three exam scores. There are no make-up exams. If you miss an exam, plan to take the cumulative final. The final exam is optional for students who take all three midterm exams; it is an opportunity to improve your course grade.

Please note: If you miss an exam, you will be scored a 0. 

Midterm exam contents include true-false and multiple-choice items and a take-home essay that will be posted on the class Blackboard. The optional cumulative final has no essays. Students have two weeks after exams are returned to question their exam grade during office hours of the T.A. or the instructor.

There are no extra-credit provisions for this course. All grades are based on test scores.

No curves are applied to individual exam scores. Dropping the lowest test score is usually sufficient to produce a normal final grade distribution. Students are cautioned not to rely on instructor intervention concerning grades.

ATTENDANCE POLICY. Students are expected to attend class and will be held accountable for all lecture material.

Neither the instructor nor the TA will provide class notes to absent students. Absent students should check the class Blackboard site for important announcements.

Please turn off and put away cell phones before class begins. Texting during class is not permitted.

Computers may be used only for course purposes. Students who violate these rules will be marked absent and asked to leave.

WGS 322 • Sociology Of Gender

47610 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 212
(also listed as SOC 333K )
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Cross Listed with WGS 322

 

 Most of the required readings for this course are contained within the following three books:

 ANDERSEN.  Thinking about Women, 8th ed.  2009.  (paper)

 COHEN.  Men and Masculinity: A Text Reader.  2001.  (paper)

STONE and McKEE.  Gender and Culture in America, 3rd ed.  2007.   (paper)

 

We will use Blackboard to post exam questions, grades, and other course information.  Only students who have registered an email address have access to this site.  To register an email address or to change your email address, go to: www.utexas.edu/cc/blackboard/tutorials/index.html.  See “For Students,” “Changing Your Email Address.”  Check your access early in the semester and contact us if you have problems.  Instructors cannot post grades to unlisted (JDoe) accounts.

 

GRADING POLICY

         There are a total of four exams for this course:  three midterm exams and a cumulative final exam held during the exam period.  Your course grade is based upon your top three exam scores.  There are no make-up exams.  If you miss an exam, you must take the cumulative final exam to pass the course.  The final exam is optional for students who take all three midterm exams; it is an opportunity to improve your course grade.

         Midterm exam contents include true-false and multiple-choice items and a take-home essay posted on the class Blackboard.  The optional cumulative final exam has no essays.  Students have two weeks after exams are returned to question their exam grade during office hours of the T.A. or the instructor.

         There are no extra-credit provisions for this course.  All grades are based on test scores.

         No curves are applied to individual exam scores.  A curve may be applied to assign final grades at the end of the semester.  This final grade adjustment will never be lower than standard grade cut-off (60, 70, 80, 90).  Students are cautioned not to rely on curves in this course. 

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY.  Students are expected to attend class and will be held accountable for all lecture material.  Neither the instructor nor the TA will provide class notes to absent students.   Absent students should check the class Blackboard site for important announcements. 

         Please turn off cell phones during class time.  You are welcome to use your laptops, but this privilege will be revoked if used for other purposes than class note-taking.

 

 

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