SOC 218 - Sociology of Gender
Sociological research and theory is used to examine how gender is socially constructed through social institutions, social interaction, and the formation of a gendered identity. Considers how gender interacts with other categories of difference (such as race and social class) to shape major social institutions and personal experiences. Explores how gender arrangements can be transformed.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior. Utilize sociological theory and research to analyze gender as an organizing principle in human group life.
2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live. Explore the social construction of gender through social institutions, interaction, ideology, and identity formation; includes the intersection of gender with other categories of difference. Students encouraged to consider the significance of gender in their own life experiences and perspectives.
3. Understand the role of individuals and institutions within the context of society. Examines significance of gender as an organizing principle in social life, including social institutions and the process of social change. Considers experiences of individuals within a social context.
4. Assess different theories and concepts, and understand the distinctions between empirical and other methods of inquiry. Source materials utilize multiple sociological theories and research methods to develop core concepts. The social construction of reality is a central theme. Students encouraged to examine personal experience in context of patterns identified through social research.
5. Utilize appropriate information literacy skills in written and oral communication. Core concepts build vocabulary to formulate meaningful problem statements from a sociological perspective. Course materials include qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources. Information is presented in oral, visual, and written formats. Opportunities for discussion and writing provided.
6. Understand the diversity of human experience and thought, individually and collectively. As an organizing principle in social life, gender contributes to diversity in human experience and thought. Course addresses the intersection of gender with other socially constructed categories of difference (such as race, social class, age and sexuality) in regard to individual experiences, collective action, and established institutions.
7. Apply knowledge and skills to contemporary problems and issues. Sociological perspectives and research are used to describe and analyze contemporary problems in social institutions related to gender difference and gender inequality. Considers the use of public policy to address problems.
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