Summer 2021 - SA 335 D100

Gender Relations and Social Issues (S) (4)

Class Number: 1930

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 12 – Jun 21, 2021: Mon, Wed, 5:30–9:20 p.m.

  • 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.


In this course, we will consider the social and cultural construct of “gender,” with a focus on the relationship between the concept of gender and other forms of “difference,” in particular, the concepts of “race” and “sexuality.” Using popular essays and media, and academic essays, we will consider this matrix from the perspective of mobility across space and time. We will consider the content of these materials, as well as the characteristics of the various genres and disciplines they represent. In particular, we will consider “policy” as a hybrid genre that reflects academic research and deliberative processes. In addition to assigned readings, students will identify additional research materials in the SFU and other databases, and select documents for their specific short analysis papers.

Students are encouraged to identify specific questions that are of interest to them. Students with well-defined topics may opt to write several shorter papers on different aspects of that topic. Those with broad interests may write their papers on different topics that arise in class.


  • Attendance and participation 15%
  • Introductory information 2%
  • Technical skills modules (4 x 5%) 20%
  • Content modules (4 x 5%) 20%
  • Student-led teaching group work (presenters 5% | respondents 5 x 2%) 15%
  • Short papers (4 x 7%) 28%


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.

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

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Department of Sociology & 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.

Centre for Accessible Learning: Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.



Gender Reckonings: New Social Theory and Research. (2018). J. W. Messerschmidt, P. Y. Martin, M. A. Messner, & R. Connell (Eds.). New York: NYU Press.

This title is available for free online through the SFU Library here.

ISBN: 978-1-479809349

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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).