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SOCI404 - Gender and Society

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI404 Course ID: 4331 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a critical analysis of the structure of sexism, stratification, poverty and human rights in the contemporary United States. Students examine the outstanding problems facing society and strategies for change, including an exploration of the ethics of intervention. The course is designed to discuss the way culture shapes and defines the positions and roles of both men and women in society. It will cover the historical development of gender roles and stereotypes, how gender roles are socially constructed, and the social conditions which may lead to the broadening or reduction of gender roles and stereotypes.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

By the end of this course students will be able to:

CO1: Examine the development of our gendered identities.
CO2: Evaluate theories that address the social construction of gender.
CO3: Analyze the differing gender roles and expectations in society.
CO4: Assess how gender influences one’s social behavior and social interaction.
CO5: Examine the impact of the media on gender socialization.
CO6: Understand the feminist perspective, masculinities, and contributions to social research.
CO7: Assess the effect sexism has on society.
CO8: Understand the intersection of gender and other social factors.
CO9: Evaluate the future of gender equality and social change within the United States.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required in some weeks. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Forum 2 5.00 %
Forum 3 5.00 %
Forum 4 5.00 %
Forum 5 5.00 %
Forum 6 5.00 %
Forum 7 5.00 %
Forum 8 5.00 %
Written Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment One: The Gendered Self 18.00 %
Assignment Two: Media Analysis Presentation 18.00 %
Assignment Three: Research Paper 24.00 %
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.