SOC 308 • Gender, Race, and Class
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
"...talking about gender without talking about race and class--or talking about race without considering class and gender--is simply another way of obscuring reality instead of coming to terms with it." (Rothenberg, 1988: p.1).
This course examines the interplay of gender, race, and social class in American society. Drawing on lectures, readings, and films, we will explore how gender, race, and class operate not simply as ways of categorizing people, but as interrelated differences and inequalities that shape people's life experiences and life chances. We will start by examining gender, race, and class from a sociological perspective - as social constructions that have very real consequences for the opportunities people have and the challenges they face. We will then focus our attention on the relationships among them--how gender, race, and class intersect to shape individual experiences. The second part of the course turns to examining how these differences and inequalities matter in the realms of mass media, family life, education, employment, and the criminal justice system. We will end with a discussion of social change, paying particular attention to the role of social movements in enacting change.