Fall 2013 Description for SOCI 353

How is gender socially constructed across cultures? How does gender shape opportunity and quality of life across societies? In this course, we examine global social problems such as genital mutilation, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, rape in war, sex trafficking, and sex tourism. We use the lense of migration and demographic transition, development and the legacies of colonialism, and globalization. We study empirical research and listen to the authentic voices of women and men through documentary and interview sources. We also consider international and transnational social policies and actions aimed at improving the quality of life, expanding opportunities, and buildind human rights for women and men, girls and boys. This course meets a requirement in Justice and Peace Studies; Women's Studies; and fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or permission of the instructor