GST/SOC 2300 001 Introduction to Gender Studies Fall 2011 Tues./Thurs. 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. CB1.106
Professor Contact Information
Prof. E. Smith Phone: (972) 883-2338 [email protected]
www.utdallas.edu/~erins Office: Hoblitzelle Hall 2.304 Office Hours: T 4 – 5 p.m. TH 1- 2p.m.
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:
Additional Course Materials Available on eLearning
Assignments & Academic Calendar Thurs. 25 Aug. Intro. to Course Tues. 30 Aug. Kimmel, chap. 1, “Introduction,” 1-17
In Our Genes? Biology and Gender Thurs. 1 Sept. Kimmel, chap. 2, 21-57 Sapolsky, “Testosterone Rules,” Reader 22-26 Tues. 6 Sept. McCaughey, “Caveman Masculinity: Finding Manhood in Evolutionary Science,” Reader 11-22 Carol Tavris, “The Mismeasure of Woman,” Feminism and Psychology 3.2 (1993): 14968 (e-reserve)
Gender in Cross-Cultural Context Thurs. 8 Sept. Kimmel, chap. 3, 58-85
Tues. 13 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. 15 Sept. Kimmel, chap. 4, 86-110
Tues. 20 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. 22 Sept. Kimmel, chap. 5, 111-38 Tues. 27 Sept. West & Zimmerman, “Doing Gender,” Reader 200-13 West & Fenstermaker, “Doing Difference,” Reader 214-36 Thurs. 29 Sept. Film: You Don’t Know Dick
Power, Privilege and Difference: Interlocking Systems Tues. 4 Oct. Johnson, chap. 1-2, 1-40 Thurs. 6 Oct. Johnson, chap. 3-5, 41-75 Tues. 11 Oct.
Johnson, chap. 6-7, 76-107 Thurs. 13 Oct. Johnson, chap. 8-9, 108-53 Tues. 18 Oct. – Midterm Exam – BRING A BLUE BOOK Thurs. 20 Oct. Film: Step by Step: Building a Feminist Movement, 1941-77
Gendered Social Institutions: The Workplace Tues. 25 Oct. Kimmel, chap. 9, 247-88 Thurs. 27 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 Tues. 1 Nov. Quinn, “Sexual Harassment and Masculinity: The Power and Meaning of „Girl Watching‟,” Reader 592-604 Love, Friendship, Sexuality: Gender in Human Relationships Thurs. 3 Nov. – Review Paper #1 due – Presentation of Findings Kimmel, chap. 11, 317-38 Cancian, “The Feminization of Love,” Reader 545-54 Tues. 8 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): 2755 (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 Thurs. 10 Nov. Kimmel, chap. 12, 339-80 Tues. 15 Nov. England et al, “Hooking Up and Forming Romantic Relationships on Today‟s College Campuses,” Reader 578-91
Thurs. 17 Nov. Bordo, “The Body and the Reproduction of Femininity,” Reader 503-17
Gender and Violence Tues. 22 Nov. Kimmel, chap. 13, 381-407 Michael Kimmel, “”Gender, Class, and Terrorism,” Chronicle of Higher Education 8 Feb. 2002, B11-12 (e-reserve) Thurs. 24 Nov. – NO CLASS – Thanksgiving
Tues. 29 Nov. 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. 1 Dec. Tough Guise Tues. 6 Dec. – Review Paper #2 due – Presentation of Findings Final exam questions out / Wrap-up Final Exam – Take-home exam due in my office by 2:00 p.m. on Tues. 13 Dec.
Course & Grading Policies 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. Periodic Short Assignments–Quizzes, in-class writings, homework, thought pieces assigned periodically in class. Goal is to insure you come to class prepared and having thought about the day‟s reading / Questions to Guide Reading are posted for each day on e-learning. Midterm (Tues. 18 Oct.) and Final Exams (Tues. 13 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 take-home 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. 3 Nov. Paper #2 is due on Tues. 6 Dec. 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 Short Assignments / Quizzes 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). 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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