This class activity uses legislation recently considered by the United States Congress to develop students’ ability to conduct gender analyses of social phenomena. Used in a large, online undergraduate course providing an introduction to the sociology of sex and gender, the activity links with the content in a one-week module on gender, power, and...
- Subject Area(s):
- Political Sociology, Sex and Gender
- Resource Type(s):
- Class Activity
- Class Level(s):
- Any Level
- Class Size(s):
Prior to the discussion, students are directed to complete the assigned reading – Chapter 11, titled “Gender, Power, and Politics,” in Thinking about Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender (11th ed.) by Anderson (2020). They also are provided with a description of the activity to complete before joining the forum to...
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Search the U.S. Congress website to select a relevant bill
- Identify the bill’s explicit and implicit gender issues and assumptions
- Assess the bill’s likely effect on women, men, and persons of other genders and on gender inequality
- Students concisely summarize the bill they selected for gender analysis
- Students describe the explicit and implicit gender issues relevant to the bill and identify gendered assumptions embedded in it (e.g., gender as a binary; gender’s effect on behavior, attitudes, or emotions)
- Students draw on their knowledge of gender’s influence in various realms of social life (e.g., health, family, paid work) to assess the bill’s likely effect on gender inequality