Course Description for (CD) Gender and Society
(CD) Gender and Society
This course is designed to explore the social meanings and political implications of gender in society. It will focus on gender as a taken-for-granted but problematic component of our lives, whether we are female or male. Sociologists now recognize that gender is a "social construction" which is open to re-definition and which has profound social implications. The course will explore topics such as: gender and sex role socialization; gender relationships; cross-cultural gender comparisons; and the effects of "the sex-gender system" on areas such as health, family life, religion, employment, crime, education, politics, and social change.