Sociology of Gender

Course Number: SOC 218
Transcript Title: Sociology of Gender
Created: September 1, 2013
Updated: June 7, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.


SOC 204 or SOC 205 or instructor permission

Course Description

Focuses on how socialization is affected by gender. Includes topics in how gender is reflected in culture through values, norms, language, media, power, violence, various theoretical approaches, significant social institutions, social movements and issues. Recommended: SOC 204 or SOC 205 or instructor permission. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the sociological perspective to the causes and consequences of gender roles in our lives and in the world around us.
  2. Identify and assess how interactions between gender, class, and race/ethnicity contribute to the stratification of society.
  3. Participate as active citizens within their societies and communities, demonstrating critical thought surrounding gender from a sociological lens.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)


4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The department assumes that instructors will assess student learning through the term by using various formative assessment tools, like worksheets, quizzes, and exams. In addition, the department encourages instructors to integrate the following kinds of tasks into the course to assess student achievement of course outcomes in a more comprehensive and holistic manner:

  1. Short analytical or application papers on specific concepts, themes, and issues.
  2. Term or research papers, using a variety of research strategies.
  3. Oral presentations.
  4. Group research, analysis, and presentation projects.
  5. Class participation in full-class discussions and small groups or teams.
  6. Response papers or journals reflecting on life experiences, events, and social phenomena.
  7. Service-learning tasks, involving service to community, reflection, and application of sociological perspective.
  8. Student-instructor conferences.
  9. Portfolios.
  10. Video projects.
  11. Oral histories and interviews.

Course Activities and Design

Lecture, group activities, service learning, audio/visual presentations, discussion.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Sociological Imagination: personal and public issues
  2. Sociological Theories and Theorists: Structural Functionalism-institutions, functions, division of labor; Conflict- inequality, power elite; Symbolic Interactionism- labels, social construction of meaning, interactions at micro level; and Feminist Theory.
  3. Sociological Research and findings: influence of Feminist Sociology and Theory on research.
  4. History of Feminism: waves of women’s movement and men’s movement
  5. Nature vs. Nurture debate: Sex vs. Gender
  6. Physical, chromosomal, and hormonal variations between sexes. Effects on behavior?
  7. Socialization theories: Psychoanalytic (Freud, Horney, Chodorow);Social Learning Theory (Bandura); Cognitive Development (Piaget, Kohlberg, Gilligan); Bem’s Enculturated Lens Theory
  8. Socialization agents: role models, labels, stereotypes, differential treatment, and peer pressure etc. from family, peers, education, toys, and media.
  9. Structural and cultural influences on gender roles (Stratification, laws, attitudes, and values): intersection between race, class, and gender, role constraints and enforcement.
  10. Social problems and solutions addressing sexism, discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, etc.
  11. Gendered language and communication: verbals and nonverbals
  12. Family diversity: changing data trends, divorce, double shift
  13. Sexual Orientation: heterosexism, homophobia, variations in gender roles
  14. Reproduction: rights, teen pregnancy, attitudes, consequences
  15. Social stratification: intersection of sex and gender with race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, ability/disability.
  16. Gender and Work: division of labor, historical trends, occupational sex segregation, wage gap, glass ceiling, feminization of poverty, legislative strategies.
  17. Gender, Crime, and Justice: statistics, causes and consequences, criminal justice system- variations in laws and treatment
  18. Gender and Politics: gender gap, differences in representation and voting patterns
  19. Men and Women in the Military
  20. Gender and Religion: traditional religious teachings, goddesses vs patriarchy, leadership patterns, changing spirituality
  21. Gender and Health: Varying indicators of health, changes and inequality in health care systems, mental health, eating disorders.
  22. Cultural/global diversity: ethnocentrism towards varying gender roles and cultural practices

Competencies and Skills

  1. Apply sociological approach and perspectives to a variety of social patterns and processes related to gender roles.
  2. Develop and practice college-level reading, writing, research, analysis, and study skills.
  3. Be able to define, compare, understand, and interpret theories, concepts, and data patterns.
  4. Apply theories, concepts, data, and research to concrete examples in text, class, and daily life.
  5. Develop critical thinking skills and be able to distinguish between underlying assumptions, stereotypes, and research findings related to social issues.
  6. Develop group process skills, including listening, communicating, cooperating, and empathizing with diverse perspectives.
  7. Be able to distinguish between public and private problems and determine the causes and consequences of cultural and structural gender-related issues.
  8. Be able to analyze and integrate coursework with current events and trends in the social world.
  9. Learn how to help solve problems by being active citizens, participating in the community and society, and being able to identify services available in the community.