Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Gender Roles & Social Structure

 Title Abbreviation:   GENDER AND SOCIETY

 Department:    SOSC

 Course #:    110

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    451010

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Examines gender roles and socialization process within the social institution of work, family, the labor force, political organizations, religion, education, economics, and the law, with a comparison of cross cultural study of gender role differentiation presenting the historical implication.


Prerequisite: ENGL 099 with a "C" or higher (or placement into ENGL& 101).

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the socialization process impact on role identification
  2. Understand social institutions of family, work, economics, political structures, religion, education and the law
  3. Explore cross-cultural implications of sex role identification
  4. Comprehend the historical implications of social institutions on role development and identification

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Sex differentiated roles
    • The concept of role and status; sex role differentiation-genetic or cultural; interaction of biological and cultural factors
  2. Tradition and mythology/religion
    • Eve and the Garden of Eden; chivalry and the invention of romantic love; the
  3. Socialization and role acceptance -- How we learn gender identity
    • Pink and blue-- infancy and the preschool years; educational attitudes and values; acheiving sexuality
  4. Present Economic, Social, Legal and Political Issues
    • Equal values-- unequal opportunity; limitations on social mobility for women in cultures; marriage-- traditional and modern; economics and the law
  5. The Male Role
    • Enforced dominance; training for competitive achievement; machismo; pressures for change
  6. Theoretical and Philosophical Considerations
    • How do sex roles relate to the dominant values of society; can status be equal if roles differ; will the coming society be androgynous; is there and ideal sex role pattern?
  7. Cross cultural study of sex role differentiation