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ASOC 23A10 - Significant Topics in Sociology : Gender

Type d'enseignement : Lecture and tutorials

Semester : Autumn 2019-2020

Number of hours : 48

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Although gender has long structured social relations and categories of thought, sociological work in France had barely broached the topic before the end of the 20th century. The objective of this course is to show how gender applies to multiple fields of sociology, whether the sociology of family, work, school, migrations or urban spaces. Far from constituting a “specific” course on gender, this course is therefore, rather, a general sociology course which systematically integrates gender into the study of larger sociological questions, starting with the reproduction of societies through key social institutions such as the family, school or the workplace. The course is organized into 6 principal Main lectures (24h CM) and 6 discussion workshops (24h TD). The workshops will discuss the obligatory readings as well as the concepts broached in the lectures, and link them to current debates on gender inequality (such as parity laws or the #metoo movement on sexual harassment).


DEKKER, Mischa (Etudiant doctorant)

Course validation

The final exam constitutes 1/3 of the course grade, while the discussion workshop grades constitute the remaining 2/3 of the course grade. The mid-term and final exam both consist of three dissertation questions, out of which each student chooses two. The discussion workshop grade consists of: 1) A mid-term exam (30%) 2) An oral presentation during the discussion sections (30%). Each week, a (group of) student(s) (1-2) presents on “text 2” of that session and facilitates the discussion. 3) Book review (30%): 5 to 7 pages on a book from the list provided by the teachers. If you prefer to work on a book that is not on the list, this has to be discussed and approved by the workshop teacher. 4) Class participation and compliance with homework (10%). Three grades based on self-evaluation – and verified by the section teacher.

Required reading

  • Kimmel, Michael S., Amy Aronson & Amy Kaler (2015). The Gendered Society Reader, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press.
  • Bereni, Laure, Chauvin, Sébastien, Jaunait, Alexandre, et Revillard, Anne (2012), Introduction aux études sur le genre, Bruxelles, de Boeck.
  • Clair, Isabelle (2012), Sociologie du Genre, Armand Colin.
  • Achin, C., & Bereni, L. (2013). Genre et science politique. Concepts, objets, problèmes. Paris: Presses de Sciences po/ Sociétés en mouvement
  • Dorlin, Elsa (2008), Sexe, genre et sexualités : introduction à la théorie féministe, Paris, PUF

Additional required reading

  • Neveu, Erik et Guionnet, Christine (2009), Féminins-masculins: sociologie du genre, Paris, Armand Colin (2ème édition)
  • Achin, Catherine (2005), “Un « métier d'hommes » ? Les représentations du métier de député à l'épreuve de sa féminisation”, Revue française de science politique, vol. 55, n° 3, p. 477–499
  • Butler, Judith (1999 [1990]), Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Routledge
  • Connell, R. W. (2005), Masculinities, Cambridge, Polity Press.
  • Delphy, Christine (1998), L'ennemi principal, 1. Economie politique du patriarcat, Paris, Syllepse