Spring 2023 - SA 335 OL01

Gender Relations and Social Issues (S) (4)

Class Number: 2582

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Wendy Chan
    1 778 782-4469
    Office Hours: email/zoom 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.


What is gender? How does gender intersect with other social relations (e.g. race, class, and sexuality) to create gendered identities?  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/female/other in Canada.


Students will learn to critically analyze:

  • How gender and intersecting social relations shape lived experience;
  • How gender affects the many dimensions of social life and how they shape our understanding of equality;
  • Lived gendered experiences through interviewing, researching and writing projects


  • Online Discussion of Videos 15%
  • Interview Paper 25%
  • Class Exams x 2 @ 30% each 60%


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 Honesty and Student Conduct Policies: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T20.01), and academic honesty and student conduct procedures (S10‐S10.05). 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.

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Connell (2021) Gender: In World Perspective 4th Edition. Cambridge: Polity Press.


Electronic journal articles via Canvas


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Registrar Notes:


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