Course Number:
SOC 218
Transcript Title:
Sociology of Gender
Aug 16, 2022
Jul 17, 2023
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

Placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98


WR 121 or WR 121Z


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: placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121 or WR 121Z. Audit available.

Course 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 Learning Outcomes

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)
Not Addressed
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. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

The determination of assessment strategies is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: writings (journals, self-reflections, pre writing exercises, essays), quizzes, tests, midterm and final exams, group projects, presentations (in person, videos, etc), self-assessments, experimentations, lab reports, peer critiques, responses (to texts, podcasts, videos, films, etc), student generated questions, Escape Room, interviews, and/or portfolios.

Department suggestions:
  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

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

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.