UT Dallas Syllabus for gst2300.001 06s taught by Erin Smith (erins)

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Spring 2006 GST 2300 / SOC 2300 T/Th 2 – 3:15 p.m. http://www.utdallas.edu/~erins Office Hours: Tues. 3:30 – 5 p.m. Wed. 2-3:15 p.m. And by appointment T, W, Th

Dr. Erin Smith School of General Studies Office: GR 2.208 Phone: (972) 883-2338 e-mail: [email protected]

Introduction to Gender Studies This course is an introduction to the study of gender as a category for social and cultural analysis. We will examine the ways gender, sexuality, class, race/ethnicity, and nationality interact to shape our experiences, our culture, and the social institutions we inhabit. The topics we cover include biological arguments about gender and sexuality; the cultural construction of gender in different societies; the psychology of sex roles; the ways gender shapes families, workplaces, and other social institutions; and cultural representations of gender. We will survey the variety of theories available to us to explain social inequalities, and examine the roles of individuals and institutions in creating, maintaining, and challenging them. Texts: Michael S. Kimmel, The Gendered Society 2nd ed. (Oxford UP, 2004) Michael S. Kimmel, The Gendered Society Reader 2nd ed. (Oxford UP, 2004) Allan Johnson, Privilege, Power and Difference 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2006) Readings on e-reserve All texts available at Off-Campus Books or the UTD bookstore All readings also available on reserve at McDermott Library Method of Evaluation: class participation 6 one-page reading journals midterm and final exams two short (3-page) review papers
Policy on Scholastic Dishonesty: I have a zero tolerance policy on cheating and plagiarism. Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and/or dismissal from the University.


Course Schedule: Tues. 10 Jan. – Intro. to Course Thurs. 12 Jan. Kimmel, “Introduction,” 1-17

In Our Genes? Biology and Gender Tues. 17 Jan. Kimmel, chap. 2, 21-51 Thurs. 19 Jan. Sapolsky, “Testosterone Rules,” Reader 26-32 Carol Tavris, “The Mismeasure of Woman,” Feminism and Psychology 3.2 (1993): 149-68 (e-reserve)

Gender in Cross-Cultural Context Tues. 24 Jan. Kimmel, chap. 3, 52-71 Thurs. 26 Jan. Mead, “Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies,” Reader 34-39 Peggy Reeves Sanday, “The Socio-Cultural Context of Rape: A Cross-cultural Study,” Journal of Social Issues 37.4 (1981): 5-27 (e-reserve)

Sex Roles, or How Individuals Learn Gender Tues. 31 Jan. Kimmel, chap. 4, 72-92 Thurs. 2 Feb. Deaux & Major, “A Social-Psychological Model of Gender,” Reader 72-81 Tues. 7 Feb. Film: You Don’t Know Dick


The Social Construction of Inequality and Difference Thurs. 9 Feb. Kimmel, chap. 5, 93-113 Tues. 14 Feb. Messerschmidt, “Varieties of ‘Real Men’,” Reader 126-49 West & Zimmerman, “Doing Gender,” Reader 150-68

Power, Privilege and Difference: Interlocking Systems Thurs. 16 Feb. Johnson, chap. 1-2, 1-40 Tues. 21 Feb. Johnson, chap. 3-5, 41-75 Thurs. 23 Feb. Johnson, chap. 6-7, 76-107 Tues. 28 Feb. Johnson, chap. 8-9, 108-53

Thurs. 2 Mar. – Midterm Exam – BRING A BLUE BOOK

Spring Break – No Class Tues. 7 Mar. or Thurs. 9 Mar.

Gendered Social Institutions: The Workplace Tues. 14 Mar. Kimmel, chap. 8, 180-209 Acker, “Hierarchies, Jobs, Bodies: A Theory of Gendered Organizations,” Reader 264-77

Thurs. 16 Mar.


Reskin, “Bringing the Men Back In: Sex Differentiation and the Devaluation of Women’s Work,” Reader 277-91 Williams, “The Glass Escalator: Hidden Advantages for Men in the ‘Female’ Professions,” Reader 291307

Love, Friendship, Sexuality: Gender in Human Relationships Tues. 21 Mar. Kimmel, chap. 9, 213-30 Thurs. 23 Mar. – Review Paper #1 due – Presentation of Findings Cancian, “The Feminization of Love,” Reader 352-63 Swain, “Covert Intimacy: Closeness in Men’s Friendships,” Reader 364-82 Tues. 28 Mar. Kimmel, chap. 10, 231-63 Thurs. 30 Mar. Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, “The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations Between Women in Nineteenth-Century America,” rpt. in The Signs Reader: Women, Gender and Scholarship, ed. Elizabeth Abel and Emily K Abel. (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1983): 27-55 (e-reserve) George Chauncey, “Christian Brotherhood or Sexual Perversion? Homosexual Identities and the Construction of Sexual Boundaries in the World War I Era,” in Gender and American History Since 1890, ed. Barbara Melosh (New York: Routledge, 1993): 72-105 (e-reserve)

Gender and Violence Tues. 4 Apr. Kimmel, chap. 11, 264-88 Thurs. 6 Apr. Cohn, “Wars, Wimps, and Women: Talking Gender and Thinking War,” Reader 397-410 Michael Kimmel, “”Gender, Class, and Terrorism,” Chronicle of Higher Education 8 Feb. 2002, B11-12 (e-reserve)

Tues. 11 Apr.


Film: Tough Guise Thurs. 13 Apr. Guest Presenter: Courtney Emich on domestic violence advocacy work Dobash et al, “The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence,” Reader 410-26

The History of Second-Wave Feminism Tues. 18. Apr. Film: Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-77

Thurs. 20 Apr. – Review Paper #2 due – Presentation of Findings Final Exam Questions Out / Wrap-up

Final Exam – Take-home exam due in my office by 3:00 on Tues. 25 Apr.


Course Requirements Participation -- You are expected to come to class prepared for discussion. Your participation includes not only expressing your own ideas, but also the respect and seriousness with which you treat the ideas of your colleagues. Reading Journals –SIX (6) times over the course of the semester, you will hand in a one-page (MAX) typed response to the reading. Goal is to (1) prove you’ve done the reading; and (2) show some thoughtful consideration of the issues or questions it raises. I will provide prompts/questions for your reading journals on the class website www.utdallas.edu/~erins. You must hand in 3 journals by Thurs. 2 Mar. Journals are due on the day we discuss a reading. Faxed or E-mailed journals will not be accepted. Late journals will not be accepted. No one else may hand in journals for you. I will not accept journals from students not attending class that day. Midterm (Thurs. 2 Mar.) and Final Exams (Tues. 25 Apr.) -- essay questions designed to test your mastery of course readings and class discussion, and your ability to synthesize the material and think critically about it. Midterm is in-class. Final Exam is take-home. I will hand out the questions in advance. Review Papers #1 and #2 – 3-page papers summarizing and reviewing some university or community presentation, lecture, exhibit or function related to gender. I will provide a list of suggested events. I will also enthusiastically pre-approve others. Paper #1 is due Thurs. 23 Mar. Paper #2 is due on Thurs. 20 Apr. I will provide more detailed instructions on a hand-out. Grading Policy --Your grade will be based on: Review Paper #1 Review Paper #2 Midterm Exam Final Exam Reading Journals 15% 15% 25% 25% 20%

You must complete all course requirements in order to pass the class (e.g. if you do not hand in a paper, you will fail the class, even if the other grades average out to a passing grade). Attendance and participation will be reflected in your grade (i.e. it doesn’t matter how well you do on the other things, if you regularly don’t show for class or don’t participate). If you miss more than 8 classes (for whatever reason), you will fail the course. Habitual lateness, absences, or failure to hand in a paper on time will be reflected in your grade. Please consult me in the event of illness, emergency, or other extenuating circumstances. A NOTE ON CELL PHONES AND PAGERS—TURN THEM OFF!!! They are rude, disruptive, and disrespectful to me and to your classmates.

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