Course Information Fall 2010 GST/SOC 2300.001 Introduction to Gender Studies Tues. / Thurs. 4 – 5:15 p.m. GR 2.530
Professor Contact Information
Prof. Erin A. Smith School of Interdisciplinary Studies Office Phone: (972) 883-2338 Email: [email protected]
,edu Website: www.utdallas.edu/~erins Office: Green 2.208 Office Hours: Tues. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Thurs. 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. And by appointment
Course Description 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.
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes 1. Students will be able to describe the ways gender shapes the lives of women and men by privileging certain definitions of masculinity and femininity and regulating expressions of sexuality. 2. Students will be able to explain how gender structures social institutions (families, workplaces, schools, religious institutions, etc.) and our ways of thinking. 3. Students will be able to give examples of gender, race, class, nation, religion, and sexuality as interactive systems.
Required Textbooks and Materials Michael S. Kimmel, The Gendered Society 4th ed. (Oxford UP, 2011) Michael S. Kimmel, The Gendered Society Reader 4th ed. (Oxford UP, 2011) Allan Johnson, Privilege, Power and Difference 2nd ed. (McGraw-Hill, 2006) All texts available at Off-Campus Books, the UTD bookstore, and Stanza Books Readings on e-reserve at: http://utdallas.docutek.com/eres/coursepage.aspx?cid=871 Additional course materials available on eLearning.
Assignments & Academic Calendar Thurs. 19 Aug. Intro. to Course Tues. 24 Aug. Kimmel, chap. 1, “Introduction,” 1-17
In Our Genes? Biology and Gender Thurs. 26 Aug. Kimmel, chap. 2, 21-57 Tues. 31 Aug. Sapolsky, “Testosterone Rules,” Reader 22-26 McCaughey, “Caveman Masculinity: Finding Manhood in Evolutionary Science,” Reader 11-22 Carol Tavris, “The Mismeasure of Woman,” Feminism and Psychology 3.2 (1993): 149-68 (ereserve)
Gender in Cross-Cultural Context Thurs. 2 Sept. Kimmel, chap. 3, 58-85 Tues. 7 Sept. 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 Thurs. 9 Sept. Kimmel, chap. 4, 86-110 Tues. 14 Sept. Hyde, “The Gender Similarities Hypothesis,” Reader 95-112 Pascoe, “‟Dude, You‟re a Fag‟: Adolescent Masculinity and the Fag Discourse,” Reader 113-24
The Social Construction of Inequality and Difference Thurs. 16 Sept. Kimmel, chap. 5, 111-38 Tues. 21 Sept. Ridgeway, “Framed Before We Know It: How Gender Shapes Social Relations,” Reader 190200 West & Zimmerman, “Doing Gender,” Reader 200-13 West & Fenstermaker, “Doing Difference,” Reader 214-36 Thurs. 23 Sept. Film: You Don’t Know Dick
Power, Privilege and Difference: Interlocking Systems Tues. 28 Sept. Johnson, chap. 1-2, 1-40 Thurs. 30 Sept. – NO CLASS Tues. 5 Oct. Johnson, chap. 3-5, 41-75 Thurs. 7 Oct. Johnson, chap. 6-7, 76-107
Tues. 12 Oct. Johnson, chap. 8-9, 108-53 Thurs. 14 Oct. – Midterm Exam – BRING A BLUE BOOK Tues. 19 Oct. Film: Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-77
Gendered Social Institutions: The Workplace Thurs. 21 Oct. Kimmel, chap. 9, 247-88 Tues. 26 Oct. Williams, “The Glass Escalator: Hidden Advantages for Men in the „Female‟ Professions,” Reader 389-401 Wingfield, “Racializing the Glass Escalator: Reconsidering Men‟s Experiences with Women‟s Work,” Reader 401-14 Quinn, “Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of „Girl Watching‟,” Reader 592-604
Love, Friendship, Sexuality: Gender in Human Relationships Thurs. 28 Oct. – Review Paper #1 due – Presentation of Findings Kimmel, chap. 11, 317-38 Tues. 2 Nov. Cancian, “The Feminization of Love,” Reader 545-54 England et al, “Hooking Up and Forming Romantic Relationships on Today‟s College Campuses,” Reader 578-91 Thurs. 4 Nov. 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)
The Gendered Body Tues. 9 Nov. Kimmel, chap. 12, 339-80 Thurs. 11 Nov. Bordo, “The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity,” Reader 503-17
Gender and Violence Tues. 16 Nov. Kimmel, chap. 13, 381-407 Michael Kimmel, “”Gender, Class, and Terrorism,” Chronicle of Higher Education 8 Feb. 2002, B11-12 (e-reserve) Thurs. 18 Nov. – NO CLASS Film: Tough Guise to be screened before 11/23 on your own Tues. 23 Nov. Discuss Tough Guise Cohn, “Wars, Wimps, and Women: Talking Gender and Thinking War,” Reader 608-17 Sanday, “Rape-Prone Versus Rape-Free Campus Cultures,” Reader 631-40 Thurs. 25 Nov. – NO CLASS - Thanksgiving Tues. 30 Nov. Guest Presenter on domestic violence issues Dobash et al, “The Myth of Sexual Symmetry in Marital Violence,” Reader 618-30 Thurs. 2 Dec. – Review Paper #2 due – Presentation of Findings Final exam questions out / Wrap-up Final Exam – Take-home exam due in my office by 5:00 p.m. on Thurs. 9 Dec.
Grading and 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 Questions –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 on my website at www.utdallas.edu/~erins. You must hand in 3 reading question write-ups by Thurs. 7 Oct. Questions are due on the day we discuss a reading. Faxed or E-mailed questions will not be accepted. Late questions will not be accepted. No one else may hand in questions for you. I will not accept questions from students not attending class that day. Midterm (Thurs. 14 Oct.) and Final Exams (Thurs. 9 Dec.) -- essay and short-answer 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 a takehome exam. 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. 28 Oct. Paper #2 is due on Thurs. 2 Dec. I will provide more detailed instructions on a handout. Grading Policy --Your grade will be based on: Review Paper #1 Review Paper #2 Midterm Exam Final Exam Reading Questions 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. 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.
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