May 12, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

SOC 333: The Sociology of Sex and Gender


(1 Unit)
Prerequisite: SOC 101  or ANTH 105  or WGS 111, or permission of instructor.
Examines the social construction and social consequences of gender difference and gender inequality with a specific focus on the United States. Gender theory and research will be used to explore masculinity and femininity as identities, as behavioral expectations and as organizing features of social life. Covers belief systems; broad social institutions such as family, employment, media and health; experiences of sexuality and violence; and individual behavior such as personal styles and modes of interacting with others. Focuses on how gender as an organizing feature of social life benefits some and is disadvantageous to others, paying special attention to how race, ethnicity, class and sexuality intersect with gender. Gender theory and research will be used to explore masculinity and femininity as identities, as behavioral expectations and as organizing features of social life. Melzer.