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 Course Title:   Gender Roles & Social Structure

 Title Abbreviation:   GENDER AND SOCIETY

 Department:    SOSC

 Course #:    110

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    451010

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

Examines gender roles and socialization process within the social institution of work, family, the labor force, political organizations, religion, education, economics, and the law, with a comparison of cross cultural study of gender role differentiation presenting the historical implication.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the socialization process impact on role identification
  2. Understand social institutions of family, work, economics, political structures, religion, education and the law
  3. Explore cross-cultural implications of sex role identification
  4. Comprehend the historical implications of social institutions on role development and identification

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.

Course Contents

  1. Sex differentiated roles
    • The concept of role and status; sex role differentiation-genetic or cultural; interaction of biological and cultural factors
  2. Tradition and mythology/religion
    • Eve and the Garden of Eden; chivalry and the invention of romantic love; the
  3. Socialization and role acceptance -- How we learn gender identity
    • Pink and blue-- infancy and the preschool years; educational attitudes and values; acheiving sexuality
  4. Present Economic, Social, Legal and Political Issues
    • Equal values-- unequal opportunity; limitations on social mobility for women in cultures; marriage-- traditional and modern; economics and the law
  5. The Male Role
    • Enforced dominance; training for competitive achievement; machismo; pressures for change
  6. Theoretical and Philosophical Considerations
    • How do sex roles relate to the dominant values of society; can status be equal if roles differ; will the coming society be androgynous; is there and ideal sex role pattern?
  7. Cross cultural study of sex role differentiation