Sex, School, and Gender Roles
Do school dress codes condone “slut-shaming”? How do school events like the prom maintain heteronormativity? What role does the “hidden curriculum” play in molding us into “good” (or “bad”) girls and boys? This course considers a range of contemporary issues in American education, investigated through the lenses of gender and sexuality. Using primarily sociological, feminist and critical theories, we will examine school as an institution that both reflects the gender/sex norms of broader society and reproduces these norms. We will pay particular attention to the ways structures of gender and sex intersect with other structures of inequality like race and class. Students will hone critical thinking, writing and communication skills and become familiar with qualitative research methodology. This course also entails a 15-hour field placement in a school setting, which meets the New York State field experience requirement in the Education Department.