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Constructions Of Genders And Sexualities (SOC-241)

Semester: Spring 2021
Number: 0170-241-001
Instructor: Carlos Encina Oleart
Days: TBA
Note: Online, Asynchronous
Location: Online
Credits: 3
Status: This Course is Filled to Capacity

Required For Gender Studies Minor And Open To All Majors As A General
Education Elective.

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Students are introduced to the sociological study of sex, gender and sexuality by exploring how cultural, racial, sexual and class components create systems of classification for sexual/gender identities in the western and non-western world. Students will study how institutions of power are pivotal sites for these identities and expressions. (Learning Goals:CW;Distribution Reqs:Social Sciences)

Learning Goals:   At the end of the semester, students will be able to:♦ Historicize contemporary notions of gender by identifying how gender changes overspace and time.♦ Explain different understandings of the relationships between sex, gender andsexuality.♦ Apply cross-cultural variation in constructions of sex, gender, and sexuality.♦ Illustrate the extent to which dominant notions of gender are culturally specific (Inother words, is gender universal or does it refer to specific social-culturalunderstandings of bodies, gender performances, configurations and relationships ofpower?).♦ Compose weekly assignments of how one can approach the various constructions ofsex, gender and sexuality.♦ Compare the ways in which the medicalization of gender and sexuality, laws andvarious institutions, work to maintain rigid boundaries for these categories.♦ Determine the role of violence as a tool of power and control over those who do notconform to normative gender and sexuality demands.

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