University of Toronto
SOC265H1F – Gender & Society
Instructor: Diana Miller
Class meetings: 4‐6pm Mondays, room TBA
Instructor’s Email: [email protected]
Instructor’s Office Hours: Thursdays 3‐5pm or by appointment, room #225 in the Sociology
Department, 725 Spadina Avenue (SE corner of Bloor/Spadina)
Teaching assistant: TBA, office hours by appointment, Soc. Department room #225
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
Welcome to Gender Relations. In this course, you will learn what it means to take a sociological
approach to gender. We will begin by reviewing theoretical approaches to gender, and debates about
what “gender” actually means. Is it an individual identity? A feature of social systems? A performance?
We will then explore some major empirical areas of research on gender, including paid and unpaid work,
sexuality, and the body.
Test #1 Monday October 24 , 2011th 25%
Assignment #1: Media analysis Monday, October 17 , 2011 20%
Assignment #2: Research Paper Monday, November 21 , 2011 30%
Test #2 Monday, December 5 , 2011 h 25%
Detailed instructions will be provided about the written assignments in class.
Discussion: Students are encouraged to ask questions and discuss the course material during lectures.
Please keep the tone of all discussion respectful and constructive; we are all here to learn, and
maintaining a safe space for discussion is crucial to this learning experience. As an instructor, I expect
the following behaviour from you, and you can expect the same from me:
DO NOT use personal attacks; critique ideas, not people
DO NOT use rude or offensive language (e.g. swearing, racist/sexist/homophobic slurs)
DO ask for clarification when someone says something you disagree with, rather than simply
assuming that they are wrong
DO be open to new ideas – even ones that might change your position or opinion
Email: If you email the course instructor or teaching assistant for assistance, you can expect a response
within two business days. Before sending an email, please check to see if your question is already
answered in the syllabus or on Blackboard. Email is most suitable for questions that are clear, concise,
and easily answerable; if you are confused about the course material or need to discuss a concept, you
should attend office hours. You may not receive a response to your email if a) it does not originate from
a UToronto email account, as it may be filtered into a spam folder, or b) if it contains material that is
rude, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate for a professional academic environment.
Missed classes: You are responsible for all material covered in class. I do not recommend that you miss
class, but if you must be absent then it is your responsibility to catch up on the material covered that
day. Make friends in class and find someone who will share their notes with you – the instructor and TAs
do not provide notes or other supplementary materials.
Late Papers: Late work is not acceptable, and will result in a 3% deduction from the assigned grade per
calendar day, including weekends and holidays. In the unfortunate event that you must submit late
work, place it in the drop boxes provided in room 225 of 725 Spadina Ave, using the time‐stamp
machine. Please note that these drop boxes are available during business hours only, and if you submit
work there, you must notify your TA that you have done so or it may not be retrieved.
Tests and Make‐up Tests: All students must write the test at the regularly scheduled sitting in class, or
at Accessibility Services with prior registration. Make‐up tests may be granted at the discretion of the
instructor, but are not guaranteed, to students who a) contact the instructor or a TA within three days of
the test and b) provide acceptable documentation at the time of the make‐up test.
Documentation: Requests to write a make‐up test or submit late work without penalty will be
considered only with appropriate documentation. This means a University of Toronto medical certificate
or, in cases where the situation is of a personal rather than medical nature, a letter from your registrar.
Regrading: Students may request a regrade of a written assignment or their short answers (if any) on a
test. Students must wait 24 hours after the paper or test is handed back before submitting a regrade
request, and must provide a written statement justifying why their paper should be reviewed. If the
instructor agrees that a paper or test should be reviewed, the new mark is final and may be higher or
lower than the original mark.
Academic Integrity: Students are expected to understand and follow the University of Toronto’s policies
regarding academic integrity. Cheating, misrepresentation, and plagiarism will not be tolerated, and will
result in serious penalties. Students must use proper citation practice, and know the difference between
acceptable and unacceptable paraphrasing of others’ work. If you are unfamiliar with academic integrity
at the University of Toronto, please visit www.utoronto.ca/academicintegrity. Margaret Proctor’s
document entitled “How Not to Plagarize,” available on the aforementioned website, is a particularly
COURSE SCHEDULE AND REQUIRED READINGS
Many of your required readings are available electronically through the University of Toronto library
(marked with [JSTOR]). On the first day of class, I will demonstrate how to access electronic journals
through the library system. Other readings can be found in your course pack, which is available from the
University of Toronto bookstore at the Koffler Centre. Please do the required readings before the lecture.
September 12: What is the sociology of gender and why does it matter?
Required reading: Poisson, Jayme. “Parents Keep Child’s Gender Secret.” Toronto Star, 21 May
2011. Available here.
Optional: Any or all other articles from the Toronto Star discussion around the original
article, available at: http://www.thestar.com/topic/genderless%20baby
MODULE 1: How should we think about gender?
September 19: Decoupling gender from biology: Social Constructionist Approaches
Required Reading: Kessler, Suzanne and Wendy McKenna. 1985. “The Primacy of Gender
Attribution” In Gender: An Ethnomethodological Approach [coursepack]
Fausto‐Sterling, Anne. 1993. “The Five Sexes: Why Male and Female Are Not
Enough.” The Sciences, 33: 2: 20‐25. [on Blackboard]
Dreger, Alice. 2009. “Science is forcing sp