Fall 2017 - SA 335 E100

Gender Relations and Social Issues (S) (4)

Class Number: 2592

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 5 – Dec 4, 2017: Wed, 5:30–9:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    SA 101 or 150 or 201W.



A sociological study of the position of women and men in major social institutions in western industrial societies, in particular Canada. Social institutions that may be examined include: the family, education, the economy, the polity, law, and the mass media. Particular attention will be paid to social policy issues. Students with credit for SA 292 (when offered as gender relations) or GSWS 308 (or WS 308) may not take SA 335 for further credit.


This course is designed to help you think sociologically about gender and its social effects. In this class we will examine how we “do gender” in our everyday lives. We will think about how gender influences and suffuses social interaction and structures of inequality in both historical and contemporary contexts. We will consider gender presentation and performance alongside other social identities such as race, ethnicity, class, and culture. Finally, we will attempt to “undo gender” by challenging assumptions and expectations. Readings will address masculinities, femininities, agender, gender fluid, and trans-identities.


  • Mid-term paper 20%
  • Media analysis paper 20%
  • Presentation on readings 10%
  • Participation 10%
  • Final essay 30%
  • Final presentation 10%


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.

  • Please note: Late papers (except the final paper) will be accepted, but no more than one week after they are due. Late papers should be handed during your regularly scheduled class time. There will be a deduction for late papers. The highest grade a late paper can receive is a “B.”
  • No late final papers will be accepted.
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.



Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me (Haymarket Books, 2014).
ISBN: 978-1608463862

Michel Leiris, Manhood: A Journey from Childhood to the Fierce Order of Virility (University of Chicago Press, 1992).
ISBN: 978-0226471419

Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts (Graywolf Press, 2016).
ISBN: 978-1555977351

T. Cooper, Real Man Adventures (McSweeney's, 2013).
ISBN: 978-1938073755

Additional texts will be available on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/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