Using a social construction approach, students explore the multiple ways in which gender is constructed within the lives of children, women, men, and transgender people. Specific attention focuses on the social institutions and systems that encourage both the construction and reproduction of gender identity and expression across the lifespan. Students actively participate in identifying historical and current day factors and institutions that shape gender. Students explore the roles of families, schools, educational settings, media, the workplace, recreation activities, the medical system, religion, laws, and the laws and the legal system in the construction of gender.
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Only listed classes in section: Freshman, Sophomore
Attributes: Social Science (Discovery), Inquiry (Discovery)
Additional Course Details:
This course is an introduction to transgender identities, history, and politics in the United States. Through readings, films, guest speakers, discussions and small group activities, we will explore the diversity and complexity of transgender, genderqueer and gender-nonconforming people’s lived experiences in our society. Specific topics we will examine include: trans autobiographies; critical trans politics and activism; trans intersections with race and racism; trans images in the media; trans people and celebrity; hate crimes; transgender youth; non-binary identities and transfeminism. Authors we read will include: Janet Mock, Susan Stryker, Jazz Jennings and Big Freedia. Work for the course will consist of a midterm essay exam, presentations, a longer research essay and making a class-wide zine.