AbstractThis course examines from multiple perspectives the social construction of gender. We will deconstruct the notion that gender is a biologically binary system, while analyzing the ways that social institutions create the terms and forms of gendered experiences. We will use cross-cultural, historical, and contemporary information to assess conflicting...
- Subject Area(s):
- Sex and Gender
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- Class Level(s):
- College 400
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Usage NotesI've taught this class only with upper-level undergraduates, but I've found that they are capable of understanding both Foucault's Herculine Barbin and Butler's Gender Trouble if there is enough discussion. I think it would be difficult to use this material in a class that is too large for close discussion.
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Students completing the course will be able to build an intellectual framework to deconstruct the idea of gender, using cross cultural and historical examples
- Students completing the course will be able to understand and be able to compare critically different theories of gender and gender socialization
- Students completing the course will be able to critically analyze prominent social institutions that create and reinforce gendered behavior
- Satisfactory completion of reading analysis and small group presentations to the class
- Satisfactory completion of in-class reaction papers on class readings and discussions
- Satisfactory completion of a large final portfolio project analyzing the social construction of gender within the context a chosen social institution.