In 2016 Hillary Clinton was defeated in the presidential election, Simone Biles showed us what #blackgirlmagic is all about, and Mother Teresa was canonized by the Catholic church. What do all of these people have in common? The personal is political: their gender–for better or worse–certainly played a role in each of their stories.
In SOC117a, we uncover and unpack the underlying systems, institutions, and norms regarding gender that influence our lasting achievements in work and career. We identify and explore the ways in which we–as those who make up society–are responsible for and perpetuate these systems, institutions, and norms. And then we talk about our abilit(ies) to change these systems, institutions, and norms to create a just world for all.
The primary goal of this course is to give you the tools to practice seeing the world as it is–so that you can hopefully change it where you think it needs changing.