Dismantling Gender

This course will examine gender as we move our understanding from a binary to a broader and more fluid spectrum. This topic becomes more complex when we talk about transgender and genderqueer people. Through various readings and videos, group discussions, active listening, and writing we will look at the gender binary as it informs gender roles especially in regards to power and privilege in sex, marriage, the workplace, family, race, religion, etc. Through the work we will take personal inventory of what we know and what we do not know about gender and how it is changing. We will discover how those changes affect us, how we see the world and how we feel about them. Students will work with a study partner (chevruta) throughout the course. There will be weekly postings on the readings and weekly blogging. Each chevruta group will be required to work on a class presentation. There will also be a final reflection paper due to discuss what each student has learned through the semester.