Students will be able to:
1. Describe and distinguish the concepts of gender, sexuality and sexual orientation.
2. Differentiate between one's social and personal identities.
3. Describe identity development theories.
4. Recognize Non-Western views of sex and gender identity.
5. Identify and examine sex and gender stereotypes in society.
6. Define and describe systems of power and privilege in U.S. society.
7. Define sexual discrimination including sexual harassment and sexism.
I. Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation
A. Sex: biological/physiological aspects
1. males and females
2. intersexual and transexual individuals
B. Gender definitions
1. masculinity and femininity
2. androgyny and transgender
C. Sexual orientation definitions
II. Aspects of Social Identity
III. Identity-development Models as Related to Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation, such as Cass's model of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Identity Development
IV. Cross Cultural Comparisons: Studying Non-Western Views of Sex and Gender Indentity:
A. Asian (Hijras of India, Katoey of Thailand)
B. Native American (Third Gender or Two-Spirit Peoples)
C. Latin American (matriarchal society in Oaxaca, Mexico)
D. African (Wodaabe-males and beauty)
V. Gender Roles and Stereotypes in Contemporary U.S. Society
A. Examining media images of male/female "beauty ideals"
B. Exploring institutionalized inequality: work, education, politics
C. Marriage and family as a social institution
VI. Systems of Power and Privilege in U.S. Society
A. Male and heterosexual privilege
B. Sexism, homophobia, heterosexism and sexual violence
VII. Legal Issues: Sex and Gender Discrimination
A. Sexual harrassment and inappropriate behaviors in the workplace
B. Same sex marriage laws in the US and globally
VIII. Introduction to Career and Educational Opportunities
A. Academic programs in the fields of gender, sexuality and women's studies
B. Career and professional fields related to sex and gender studies
Gendered Worlds .4th ed. Aulette, Judy Root. Oxford University Press. 2019
The Gendered Society. 6th ed. Kimmel, Michael. Oxford University Press. 2016 (classic)
The Social Construction of Difference and Inequality: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality. 7th ed. Ore, Tracy. McGraw-Hill. 2018