Male/Female, Man/Woman, Masculine/Feminine, Straight/Gay. Where do these consequential categories come from? How do they generate inequalities? Why are they so easily reproduced? And what, if anything, should we do about it? Combining real-world applications with academic analyses, this course encourages you to think about how sexuality and gender have shaped the social world, as well as our own place within it.
Course Description: This course introduces students to the complicated, conflictual, and often contradictory theoretical origins of sociology as a discipline. We begin by reading the standard sociological “canon”—Marx, Weber, and Durkheim—and interrogating why their ideas were canonized over others. We then read scholars who have been historically “written out” of the social sciences to evaluate their important, yet historically underappreciated, contributions. By the end of the course, students should (1) master key concepts in classical... Read more about SOCIOL 97: Tutorial in Sociological Theory