Catalog 2013-2014

Gender in U.S. Society

  • Semester: Spring
  • Course Number: SS285
  • Instructors: Anne Morse
  • Credit: 3

Course Description

Students gain exposure to biological and cultural definitions of gender, and acquire a broad and critical understanding of the contributions of the women’s and men’s movements to contemporary culture.  Attention is given to what it means to be female, what it means to be male, and what it means to be transgendered or transsexual in US society, and students explore perspectives on the role that social “rules” about gender play in work, family life, parenting, education, violence, sexuality, and other arenas.  Class time consists of lectures, constructive dialogue, guest speakers, student projects and presentations on topics of interest, and interactive experiential activities.  The course utilizes an extensive reading list as well as informal and formal writing assignments.   Students are also situated in the local community through work with teen groups and the opportunity to develop and lead workshops with and for their peers. This course runs every other spring during even years (2014, 2016).