Dear Women’s and Gender Studies Steering Committee,
The course Men and Masculinities (SOC 410) is an ideal
addition to the list of electives offered for the Women’s and Gender Studies
minor at IUP.
The course material and outline is based on the study of men
and masculinity in the sub-discipline of sociology of gender. This
sub-discipline integrates the use of feminist and critical perspectives as
central and essential guiding force for the types of research questions it
explores and development of discussion from its scientific findings. Lectures,
group discussion, activities, and assignments will focus on critically
analyzing the social expectations, performances, and structural advantages and
disadvantages of men-as-gendered-beings, drawing heavily on critical-race and
The texts, readings, and course materials for this course
will be drawn heavily from the sub-discipline of sociology of gender, but will
also utilize resources from other fields germane to the critical study of men.
A major focus of the course will be on how structural and cultural gender
inequalities function to benefit men, but also result in negative and
unintended consequences to their psychological and physical health as well as
their social wellbeing. The use of the “masculinities” perspective in this
course will provide readings, assignments, and other materials that will
examine intersectional issues of race, class, and sexuality.
By the end of the course, students will be able to better
understand how masculinity is both a performative and structural social
phenomenon. They will be able to reflect on how issues that stem from the
construction and reinforcement of the norms and structures of masculinity impact
their daily lives and the world around them.
In relation to other elective courses in the Women’s and
Gender Studies minor, Men and Masculinities (SOC 410) will be the first to be
offered that exclusively focuses on men-as-gendered-beings from a critical and
feminist perspective. It will make an excellent addition to the program while
continuing to honor its stated goals and objectives!
Sincerely,Christian Vaccaro, Sociology