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ASOC 22A10 - Significant Topics in Sociology : Gender

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English, French



Course Description

This advanced sociology course is intended to delve deeper into a single topic while mobilizing the themes covered in the first year. The course will focus on gender issues. It will demonstrate different methodological and theoretical approaches applied to a given subject. While gender strongly structures all social relations and even thought processes, French sociology took little interest in this field prior to the end of the 20th century. The aim of this seminar is to show that considering gender – or not considering it – involves whole sections of sociology, including analyses of the family, the labor market, and the functioning of the school system. Two main questions will guide course inquiry — How do we explain the positions and roles given to men and women in our society? How do we explain the historical transformation in these positions and roles? These themes will systematically include a gendered perspective to revisit some of the major questions of sociology, and, primarily, that of the reproduction of societies through fundamental institutions, including school, family and the world of work.


ALLOUCH, Annabelle (Maître de conférences des Universités)

Course validation

Course assessment is based on participation in discussion sections, mandatory lectures and student presentations in addition to continuous assessment exercises that will be formalized at the beginning of the semester in the discussion section.

Required reading

Alexandre Jaunait, Sébastien Chauvin, « Représenter l'intersection. Les théories de l'intersectionnalité à l'épreuve des sciences sociales », Revue française de science politique, vol. 62, n° 1, p. 5-20, 2012.

Additional required reading

  • Anne Fausto-Sterling, Sexing the body. Gender politics and the construction of sexuality, Basic Books. Extract, chapter 4: “Should there be only two sexes?”, pp: 78-114, 2000.
  • Aurelia Mardon, « La génération Lolita. Stratégies de contrôle et de contournement », Réseaux, n°168-169, p.111-132, 2011.
  • Michael Kimmel, « Masculinity as Homophobia. Fear, Shame, and Silence in the Construction of Gender Identity », in Brod H. and Kaufman M. (dir.) Theorizing Masculinities, Thousand Oaks, Sage, 1994.
  • Duru-Bellat Marie, « Ce que la mixité fait aux élèves », Revue de l'OFCE, n°114, 2010.

Senior lecturers

  • ANA, Alexandra (PhD student)
  • MINAI, Naveen (Assistant Professor)