U of M SOC 3251W - SOC 3251W Syllabus (15 pages)

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University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
Course:
Soc 3251w - Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender

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Soc 3251W Sociological Perspectives on Race Class and Gender Instructor Eric Tranby Office 1046 Social Sciences Phone 612 624 0081 Email tran0410 umn edu Spring 2007 Class Times T Th 8 15am 9 30am Class Location Blegen 150 Office Hours Tue 9 40am 11 30am Wen 11 00 am 1 00pm or by appointment TA Ryan Moltz Office 1067 Social Sciences Phone 612 624 5296 Email moltz006 umn edu Office Hours Tue 9 40am 11 10am Thur 12 15pm 2 45pm or by appointment Course Description and Goals Race class and gender and the inequalities associated with them affect all of our lives but are often taken for granted and rarely confronted challenged or contested This course will do just that by examining the social construction of race class and gender We will start by examining race class and gender inequalities as individual aspects of social life Then we will focus our attention on how race class and gender shape societies and individual experiences in interaction with each other We will spend a substantial amount of time examining how these inequalities shape and are shaped by social institutions including cultural institutions the economy and the family Throughout the course the American experience will be compared and contrasted with societies throughout the world however there is also a section of the course explicitly devoted to social inequality in the comparative perspective Finally we will devote the last few weeks of the course to discussing possible approaches to addressing social inequalities The goals for this course are for every student to 1 Understand the importance of race class and gender as distinct aspects of social life and as interrelated social forces 2 Understand the ways that race class and gender are socially constructed categories that have different content across societies and are transformed and sometimes maintained over time 3 Explore the importance of race class and gender in social institutions and in individual experiences interactions and identities 4



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