GNS 210 Introduction to Gender Studies

An exploration of the social and cultural construction of gender differences, focusing on contemporary issues; the course also considers biological differences. Some of the reading and lecture materials will concentrate on sex and gender internationally. We will examine ways that boys/men and girls/women are socialized differently by parents, friends, co-workers, and the media. Next we will explore gender differences in social institutions, including education, family, workplace, and the criminal justice system. We will conclude by examining different types of feminism and contemporary men's social movements.