Academic Catalog 2022–2023

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LAS209 Doing Gender: Contextual Approaches

[3–0, 3 cr.]

This course examines the practice of Doing Gender, defined by West and Zimmerman as involving the everyday performance of “a complex of socially guided perceptual, interactional and micropolitical activities that cast particular pursuits as expressions of masculine and feminine natures.” The course is structured around the 4 pillars of sustainability -Social, Environmental, Economic and Governance- and examines how the act of doing gender can be defined and refined as a result of the personal interaction with each pillar. Students will learn to be discerning about the linguistic turns and media images that they encounter in social settings; they will also understand the impact of particular environmental factors in shaping how people of different genders define themselves; in addition, students will understand the powerful impact of economics on our ability to do gender.