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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2008

SOC 308 • Gender/Race/Class in American Society

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46345 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 1.102

Course Description

This course examines the interplay of gender, race, social class, and sexuality in American society. Drawing on lectures, readings, and films, we will explore how gender, race, class, and sexuality 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, class, and sexuality 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, class, and sexuality 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, the criminal justice system, and employment. We will end with a discussion of social change, paying particular attention to the role of social movements in enacting change.


Newman, David, Identities and Inequalities: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality, McGraw-Hill, 2007
Course Reader - available at Abel's Copies --715 W. 23rd (472-5353).


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