Gender and Society: U.S. and Global Perspectives
Semester: Fall 2020
What is gender? Does it still matter in the 21st century? If so, how and why does it matter? And how does this vary around the world? This course will examine how gender shapes our identities (e.g. how we learn gender), how it shapes our interactions with others (e.g. within romantic relationships), and how it shapes and is shaped by institutions (e.g. the media, the workplace and college). We will look not only at how our gender privileges us, but also how we are both subject to and participate in producing gender inequality in our everyday lives. U.S and cross cultural readings and screenings will be used for the class.
Gender and Sexuality
Semester: Fall 2020
This course will offer an introduction to theory, perspectives, and empirical research in the Sociology of Gender and Sexuality. The course will cover a combination of canonical and contemporary work, consider traditional and current debates, as well as cover US and global material. This is a reading intensive class that I hope you will find both challenging and intellectually exciting. I hope by the end of this class you will feel equipped to delve into the literature on your own, and begin to make your own unique contributions to the field.
Social Determinants of Health
Semester: Spring 2020
Course examines how and why society can make us sick or healthy and how gender, race/ethnicity, wealth, education, occupation and other social statuses shape health outcomes. It looks at the role of social institutions, and environment-society interactions in shaping health outcomes and examines how these factors underlie some of the major causes of illness and death around the world including infant mortality, infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. The course draws on historical and cross-cultural material from the U.S. as well as global examples from different countries around the world.