I teach courses on gender, the body, and sports. The foundation of my pedagogical philosophy is that student learn when they can see and analyze course material in their everyday lives. I implement this philosophy through hands-on activities, self-directed writing assignments, and inclusion in all of the courses I teach.
In Introduction to Sociology, students gain a fundamental understanding of sociological ideas. They learn how to connect sociological concepts to human behaviors and interactions at the micro and macro-level and their own lived experiences.
In Sports and Society, students explore relevant sociological literature and empirical research on sports and develop an understanding of sports as a social and cultural phenomenon. They learn how to look beyond game scores and performance and think critically about sports, recognizing and understanding the social issues associated with sports in society.
In Gender Identities, Interactions, and Relationships, students investigate the social meanings and structures that underpin gender identities, interactions, and relationships. They develop the ability to think critically about gender and how it affects both micro (e.g., daily social interactions) and macro (e.g., major social institutions) level processes by connecting concepts with social issues and real-world scenarios.
In Men and Masculinities, students explore the growing body of sociological literature on men and masculinities. They take on their own assumptions about gender and masculinity by uncovering how masculinities vary across time, place, and people using empirical research and real world observation. They also develop a greater understanding of gender inequality by examining how masculinities may be used to sustain men’s power.
In Sociology of the Body, students examine many of the different ways that society shapes the body and the body shapes society by engaging in real-world observations, personal reflections, interviews, and content analysis. Students develop a more nuanced understanding of the social factors that dictate how and why we discipline our bodies. As a result, they strengthen their ability to critically assess the institutions that shape our understanding of the body and how society imposes the ideas that health and illness are individual responsibilities and pathologies. Students are prepared for taking on assumptions and addressing social, economic, and environmental factors that are harmful to the body.
In Sociology of Gender, students engage in critical examinations of the ways that gender organizes our social experiences by reading scholarly articles and participating in real-world observations, experiments, interviews, and class discussions. Students develop a deeper understanding of concepts such as masculinity and femininity as well as a more nuanced view of how gender shapes people’s experiences in the workplace, at home, and in the media. They will emerge more capable of sociological inquiry and with an informed perspective on the ways that individuals produce and reproduce gender. These abilities enable them to better articulate and address issues of gender inequality.
Syllabi are available upon request