Fall 2019 - SA 335 D100

Gender Relations and Social Issues (S) (4)

Class Number: 3910

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Wendy Chan
    1 778 782-4469
    Office: AQ5077
    Office Hours: Mo 14:30-15:30 or by appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



Together we will think about how gender influences and suffuses social interaction, in both historical and contemporary contexts: consider how assumptions and expectations about gender shape identity, the things people do, and how they do them; and discuss gender inequality and equality across society. Students with credit for GSWS 308 may not take SA 335 for further credit.


What is gender?  How does gender intersect with other social relations (e.g. race, class, and sexuality) to create identities of masculinity and femininity?  How do institutions such as law, mass media, and family, help to construct and reproduce particular forms of gender relations in our society?  To what extent were gender relations reshaped during the late 20th century in Canada and other liberal democracies?  These questions have generated intense debates not only between feminists and anti-feminists but also among feminists themselves.  In this seminar, I will focus on these ongoing debates with particular emphasis on different feminist perspectives and responses to the above questions. As part of the evaluation for this course, there is a research project component that involves interviewing and adult about their experiences of being male or female in Canada.


  • Class exams (2 x 25%) 50%
  • Research paper 30%
  • Summaries of readings 10%
  • Participation 10%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.



Connell, R. (2014). Gender: In World Perspective (3rd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.
ISBN: 978-0-745680729

Electronic journal articles

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html