Sociology of Gender
Sociologically examines the importance and power of gender, particularly as it pertains to the status of women and men in society. Students explore the social construction of gender and its impact on identity, roles, relationships, and life experiences. Attention is given to the gender socialization process as well as the ways in which gender impacts romantic and family relationships, division of labor, parenthood, sexuality, crime and violence, media, employment, health, education, religion, political participation, and power. Throughout the course, students reflect upon past, present, and future gender patterns, considering the cultural reinforcement of gender norms as well as the ways in which individuals and institutions challenge them.