Gender, Minority & Culture

Course NameGender, Minority & Culture
Course CodeSOC251
DescriptionStudents analyze how gender, ethnicity, race, class, and sexual orientation are shaped by cultural and societal influences. The focus is on the comparisons of European and US gender regimes and diversity differences, interpretation, and evaluation of social actions by religious, gender, ethnic, racial, class, sexual orientation groups affecting equality and social justice. Discussions within this framework include Communist concepts of gender equality, post-socialist transformation in Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic and globalization as well as of current cultural gender representations, beauty myth, advertising, music, etc. Documentaries and other visual materials are a part of this course.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students should be able to:
– Explain the complexities of gender as they relate to a spectrum of other identity determinants, such as race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality;
– Analyze gender-related mechanisms of interpersonal and institutional power and privilege;
– Place contemporary issues about women and gender within a larger historical framework and use that perspective to anticipate the future;
– Formulate and evaluate various strategies for social change;
– Articulate the relation of the study of women and gender to your own life and chosen.
SchoolThe School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS