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Revision Date: 15-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | SOC-2170-VO01 - Gender Studies

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 11 (as of 07-25-24 6:05 AM)
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Andrea Van Liew
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course examines gender in relation to diverse aspects of identity. Students gain an understanding of the social construction of gender and the effects of gender on individuals within their sociocultural contexts. The course covers sociological, psychological and anthropological theories related to gender and addresses current topics in the study of gender in the United States and around the world.

Essential Objectives

1. Describe gender as a social construction and major system of socialization and social organization.
2. Define and differentiate between the evolving concepts and terminology used to describe gender, biological sex, and sexuality.
3. Explain the intersection of gender with other key areas of identity such as biological sex, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and culture.
4. Discuss early and current research on gender in the fields of Sociology, Psychology, and Anthropology.
5. Describe dimensions of gender such as masculinity, femininity, and androgyny, as well as their intersections in a variety of sociocultural contexts.
6. Analyze concepts of gender as they relate to topical areas such as, but not limited to, interpersonal relationships, education, health care, political and legal systems, media, violence, and employment.
7. Distinguish between fact and opinion, recognize unstated assumptions, and evaluate arguments according to the quality of supporting evidence.
8. Locate, select, and effectively use research materials that address specific issues in the study of gender.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

SOC-2170-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Learning Methods: Course learning methods will consist of online discussions of readings and TED Talk videos, quizzes, written assignments and a final paper. Active participation and assignment completion is essential to successful completion of this course.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Tues. Sept. 3 to Mon. Sept 9, 2024

  • Review all documents and links in the Course Resources and Week 1 Module
  • Instructor video – introduction to the course and the instructor
  • Discussion in Canvas: What are your Questions? No due date – this discussion will remain open, so use it as you need to.
  • Discussion in Canvas: What are your Learning Goals?
  • Reading: Gender – About the Authors, Preface, Introduction & Ch. 1 Ideas
  • Discussion in Canvas: If we don’t learn the idea of the gender binary by observing the people around us, where does the idea come from? Explain some of the ways that we learn about gender.
  • TED Talk: iO Tillett Wright, Fifty Shades of Gay, https://www.ted.com/talks/io_tillett_wright_fifty_shades_of_gay

Q: What does this TED Talk say to you about the existence of binary thinking when applied to sex, sexuality and gender?

  • Quiz #1


Tues. Sept. 10 to Mon. Sept. 16, 2024

  • Reading: Gender Ch. 2 Bodies
  • Discussion in Canvas: The gender binary might be an ideology, but there are real differences between women and men, right? Discuss some of the ideas associated with the concept of a gender binary being socially constructed and some of the differences between men and women that may be considered more objective.
  • TED Talk: Kristie Overstreet, What doctors should know about gender identity.

https://www.ted.com/talks/kristie_overstreet_what_doctors_should_know_abo ut_gender_identity

Q: What benefits may result from expanding our understanding of gender identity away from a binary and towards a spectrum or continuum?

  • Instructor Video – reading from Eve on scientific research and male normativity
  • Quiz #2


Tuesday Sept. 17 to Monday Sept. 23, 2024

  • Reading: Gender Ch 3 Performances
  • Discussion in Canvas: If men and women aren’t naturally opposite, then why do they act so differently so much of the time? Discuss some of the processes of socialization and why some people seem to adhere to ridged gender roles more than others.
  • TED Talk: Jo Michael Rezes, A playful exploration of gender performance

https://www.ted.com/talks/jo_michael_rezes_a_playful_exploration_of_gender performance

Q: How does theater contribute to our understanding and experience of gender

  • Read Blog: Guys and Dudes by Debbie Cameron; language: a feminist guide, Feb. 21, 2016
  • Read and complete: Seeing Gender/Doing Gender Social Observation and decide where and when you will observe. Due on Monday Sept. 30, 2024.
  • Quiz #3


Tues. Sept. 24 to Mon. Sept. 30, 2024

  • Reading: Gender Ch. 4 Intersections
  • Discussion in Canvas: If gender is just one part of who we are, why isn’t it crowded out by all the other things about us that are meaningful and consequential? Why is gender such a predominant aspect of identity and not other aspects that characterize who we are?
  • TED Talk: Ivan Coyote, Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms. https://www.ted.com/talks/ivan_coyote_why_we_need_gender_neutral_bathrooms

Q: Who else may benefit from single stall gender neutral bathrooms?

  • Quiz #4
  • Seeing Gender/Doing Gender Social Observation Discussion post due Monday Sept. 30


Tues. Oct. 1 to Mon. Oct. 7, 2024

  • Discussion Post: How’s it Going?
  • Reading: Gender Ch. 5 Inequality - Masculinity
  • Discussion in Canvas: If everyone is constrained by a gender binary system, why do many more women than men find this system unfair? Describe some of the ways that women and men are constrained by the gender binary.
  • TED Talk: Jackson Katz, Violence Against Women, https://www.ted.com/talks/jackson_katz_violence_against_women_it_s_a_men_s_issue

Q: Describe the ways that men are encouraged to be violent towards women and the negative costs of this violent masculinity to men, women and children.

  • Quiz #5


Tues. Oct. 8 to Mon. Oct. 14, 2024

Q: How and why is anger viewed differently when it is displayed by different types of people? Describe the ways that people are socialized differently in how they express their emotions. Explain and give examples. What does the speaker say that we should do with people’s discomfort with women’s anger?

  • Quiz #6
  • Read and complete Dimensions of Gender/Sex/Sexuality Interview Assignment – Due Oct 28, 2024


Tues. Oct. 15 to Mon. Oct. 21, 2024

  • Reading: Gender Ch. 7 Institutions
  • Discussion in Canvas: Describe how social construction of gender and social pressure to conform to gender standards impacts people’s individual lives and choices. In what ways do you see gender issues being used as political/cultural controversies in today’s society? Give specific examples that support your positions.
  • TED Talk: Diana Adams, Why US laws must expand beyond the nuclear family, https://www.ted.com/talks/diana_adams_why_us_laws_must_expand_beyond_the_nuclear_family

Q: Why does the speaker present a vision for how US laws can benefit all families? What are her ideas about how laws can change to benefit more people? Do you agree with the speaker? Should we try to change the laws that impact all types of families? How will these changes support relationships and society?

  • Quiz #7
  • Read and consider: Gender Problem Final Paper


Tues. Oct. 22 to Mon. Oct 28, 2024

  • Reading: Gender Ch. 8 Change
  • Discussion in Canvas: Social norms about sex and sexuality have changed greatly in the past 100 years. Describe some of the ways that people are freer to express themselves sexually and the ways that people are still constrained. Think broadly about the influences of social institutions, access to health care, economics and religion.
  • TED Talk: Tiq Milan and Kim Katrin Milan, A queer vision of love and marriage, https://www.ted.com/talks/tiq_milan_and_kim_katrin_milan_a_queer_vision_of_love_and_marriage

Q: What are the misconceptions about love and relationships that the speakers challenge in this TED Talk? What is the basis for their view of love and relationships? Explain and give examples. What is meant by the phrase “culture of lovelessness of queer and trans people”? How do queer and trans people re- imagine masculinity and femininity?

  • Quiz #8


Tues. Oct 29 to Mon. Nov. 4, 2024

  • Reading: Gender Ch. 9 Sexualities
  • Discussion in Canvas: Gendered ideas, interactions and institutions may affect almost every part of my life, but some things are personal, and my sexuality is mine and mine alone, isn’t it? Discuss the ways that social ideas, interactions and institutions affect aspects of our sexual lives.
  • Article & Discussion: Gender and Language

Q: Consider what you already know about how language can shape our perceptions of gender. Write down some of your thoughts.

Read the Gendered Language multi-media article from Reuters and post your thoughts about the following question in the corresponding discussion board; remember to reply to two others. Using specific examples from the article and your own experiences, how does gendered language influence our social, cultural and institutional behavior in a variety of local, national and international contexts?

  • Quiz #9


Tues. Nov. 5 to Mon. Nov. 11, 2024

Q: Why does the speaker state that they were both fearful and excited about being a transgender parent? Explain and give examples. If you were in a similar situation, which option for interaction would you choose and why? Describe ways that parenting is gendered?

  • Quiz #10


Tues. Nov. 12 to Mon. Nov. 18, 2024

Q: Of the ideas shared by the speaker, which ones do you think are the best and most effective in creating more gender equity in the workplace? Why?

  • Quiz #11


Tues. Nov. 19 to Mon. Nov. 25, 2024

  • Reading: Gender Ch. 12 Politics & Conclusion
  • Discussion in Canvas: How do we change societies? Describe some of the strategies that have been used to change equity based on gender. Think broadly about social movements, politics, religion, suffrage, and governance.
  • TED Talk: Sandi Toksvig; A political party for women's equality https://www.ted.com/talks/sandi_toksvig_a_political_party_for_women_s_equality

Question: What examples does the speaker share about inequalities between men and women? Why does the speaker state that we need to address inequalities between men and women? How does the Women’s Equality Party propose to change political systems?

  • Quiz #12


Tues. Nov. 26 to Mon. Dec. 2, 2024

  • Reading: Fictional novel of your choice
  • Discussion in Canvas: Name which book you chose and why. Give a brief summary of the plot and descriptions of the main characters and the challenges they face. Connect the theme of the book with concepts that we have studied in this course.
  • TED Talk: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We should all be feminists


Q: Why does the speaker think we should all be feminists? Do you agree, disagree? Why or why not? Explain.

  • Gender Problem Final Paper Posting due Monday December 9


Tues. Dec. 3 to Mon. Dec. 9, 2024

  • Reading: Fictional novel of your choice
  • Discussion in Canvas: What message is the author trying to communicate about gender in their novel? Give specific examples from the book that describe the author’s message through the experiences of the main characters.
  • Gender Problem Final Paper Discussion


Tues. Dec. 10 to Mon. Dec. 16, 2024

  • Final Paper Posting & Discussion
  • What did I learn?
  • Reflection on Course Objectives
  • Self-Evaluation
  • Course Evaluation


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Course Assignments & Requirements:

Students will be required to complete the following assignments:

  • Reading assignments
  • Online group discussions
  • Learning activities in the community – social observation & interview of a community member
  • Writing assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Final paper

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Late assignments can be submitted up to one week past the deadline. You will lose 10% each day that an assignment is late. After a week, it will no longer be accepted for credit.
  • Late work is not accepted in the discussion forum. Interacting with classmates is an essential part of online discussions and cannot be made up after the fact.
  • Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances. If a lengthy medical problem or other emergent personal issue will result in missing weekly discussions and/or assignments, please contact your instructor as soon as possible.
  • Students who know that they will not have course access for any given week should make arrangements with their instructor to complete assignments and participation requirements prior to the absence.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.