Summer 2020 - SA 335 D100

Gender Relations and Social Issues (S) (4)

Class Number: 2156

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • 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 are not eligible to take SA 335 for further credit.


Gender is one of the socially constituted markers of difference. Through gender our embodied experiences and sense of ourselves construct our ideas about and interactions with others, while also serving as structuring principles of social organization. We will consider aspects of the established gender binaries of masculinity and femininity, and transgender developments in the contexts of body, power, language, identity and government among others in relation to the weekly topics. We will unravel the taken-for-granted views about gender by asking questions, such as: what is gender? What does femininity and masculinity mean? How have historical events shaped gender relations and identity globally and in Canada? How does gender intersect with the various social relations (e.g. race, class, age, sexuality)? We will examine and discuss these aspects and other questions embedded in everyday thinking about and acting in gender. Sociological categories of intersection, from sexuality, race, class, age and more will be useful lenses to explore gender in the topics of culture, media, sport, medicine, work and more which will propel us to compare and contrast the similarities and differences of gender relations in society.  


  • The objective of this Gender Relations course to facilitate students’ knowledge expansion of sociology by exploring the socio-historical discourses and debates surrounding gender.
  • Theoretical, conceptual, and research methodological approaches will enable students to investigate sociological ideas about gender construction, identity, transformation, along with structural and individual challenges about the taken-for-granted assumptions in society and at the level of the individual.
  • Selected book chapters, articles, video clips, and discussions will help students to gain advanced sociological knowledge and in turn demonstrate their understanding of the material in assignments and examinations.
  • The course is delivered online and therefore the traditional  components of teaching and learning, such as readings, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, in-class exercises, and audio-visual materials will be designed in a way that enable students to achieve the educational goals of this third-year sociology class.  


  • Participation (2 x 10%) Q&A discussions 20%
  • Presentation (2-4 students/class) 20%
  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Final research essay - 25% (with summary presentation - 5%) 30%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:

A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements



You will need access to a computer and a reliable internet connection for online/remote learning, writing exams and uploading assignments on CANVAS and ZOOM, along with access to mobile phone apps (e.g., Messenger, WhatsApp) for in person communication. I will be providing you with links to these various platforms.

Universal Access Remote learning for this semester requires a computer or tablet, camera, and internet access. Most laptops and desktops are running OSX and Windows. Tablets may be Android, iOS or Windows based. Headsets are advised but not necessary. Note that students have access to free Office 365 or Adobe Creative Cloud found here.


All required readings will be available through Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

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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.


Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion