Themes in Masculinities

Credit Hours
Graham McCulley
Core Course
Course Description

Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement

This course is designed for students to become more aware of how male experience is shaped by gender expectations and social context. Emphasis will be placed on psychosocial challenges and privileges associated with negotiating masculine gender role expectations. Students will develop critical skills to evaluate the psychological impact of gender, especially in American popular culture, on diverse men and their families. Emphasis will be placed on how gender interacts with other aspects of identity, such as race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and non-conforming gender identity and on how masculine gender expectations affect women, relationships and families. Music, film, news reports, advertising, literature and interviews will all be used as material for critical evaluation.