Jan 26, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    
Academic Catalog 2022-2023
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SOC 318 - Gender, Sexuality, and Society


Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): SOC 101WI .
This course is an introduction to the study of gender, sexuality, and society. While gender and sexuality are often viewed as innate and determined by our biology, this course explores how gender categories and sexual identities, desires, and practices are socially constructed. In doing so, close attention will be paid to issues of power, privilege, and inequality. In addition, this course will examine the ways that gender and sexuality intersect with other markers of social difference such as race, class, age, and nationality. Furthermore, course material will highlight forms of resistance to the gender and sexual order as well as attempts to bring about social change. The guiding questions for the course are: What does it mean to say gender and sexuality are social constructions? How does the social construction of gender and sexuality result in inequality? What is the relationship between gender and sexuality? How do gender and sexuality intersect with other social categories such as race, class, age, and nationality? How can social structures that produce gender and sexual inequality be transformed?



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