An exploration of gender: what makes a man or a woman? Is it biology, is it society, or interactions among many types of influences? (Image courtesy of Dr. Rutledge Ellis-Behnke.)
This course explores the biological and social influences that contribute to our current understanding of gender differences. The extensive reading list
covers the major theories, methods, and debates in the field of gender studies. In particular, we will focus on:
Conceptualizing the impact of biology
Understanding the contexts which contribute to intra-gender variation and inter-gender similarities
Clarifying the influence of social, political and economic forces on gender discourse and practice
We will examine current research and theory regarding the validity and utility of commonly accepted gender differences in many realms. Topics include: gender differences in cognitive abilities; the social construction of gender; developmental, family, educational and medical influences; and political and economic forces.
*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.