SOCI4317 Women’s Studies

Course Description

This course is entirely online and is offered through the Sociology Program at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. It is designed to teach you how to look at the various levels of inequality around you critically, analytically, globally and within a historical perspective. I hope that our discussions will provide the beginning of a period of time full of inquiry and desire towards positive social change and justice. I am looking forward to a great semester together. I am sure we shall make the best of it. Below is your full syllabus. Please note that it is subject to change based on unusual circumstances. 

Course Credits: 3

PrerequisitesIntroduction to Sociology, SOCI1301

Student Learning Outcomes

By the time you are through reading the material, investigating web sites and discussing the various issues, you should have learned how to look at the world critically. Thus, upon completion of this course you should have developed the ability:

  1. To recognize how sociologists define the concept of gender and the role ideology plays in supporting any system of gender relations.
  2. To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the creation and perpetuation of gender relations.
  3. To define the differences between the two macro-sociological paradigms, structural-functionalist (Davis-Moore) and social-conflict (Karl Marx) on gender relations.
  4. To define the distinction between absolute and relative definitions of poverty and the feminization of poverty globally.
  5. To recognize the role of multiculturalism and diversity in the U.S. and globally, not only with regard to gender but also other inequalities.