Gender Issues examines women’s and men’s roles and the position and status of women, in particular, in various aspects of social life. The course explores the reasons for the perpetuation of patriarchy in most societies and women’s continued subordination to men. Women’s experiences in different societies will be used to help students understand the different concepts, ideas and theories on the subject. Gender is a dimension of social stratification in society. Gender theories explain why women experience inequality in different contexts. The differences between the concepts of sex and gender highlight the fundamental notion that while sex has its basis in biological differences between men and women, gender is a social construct (masculinity and femininity). The course also reviews the reasons for and representation of unequal gender relations in society and explores how gender relations operate locally as well as globally supported by a range of examples from different societies. The topics examined include: gender in the home and the workplace; women in the media; gender and politics; and gender and education. Throughout, the political, legislative, and social barriers confronting gender equality in different societies are examined.
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July