Sociology provides the theoretical and empirical foundation for understanding how societies function and how they change over time. Sociologists are interested in the causes and consequences of processes such as the social construction of groups and identity, the evolution of culture, intersubjective meanings, intergroup relations, and hierarchies and social norms.

SOCY 523 01 (20938) /WGSS62
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Rene Almeling
M 1.30-3.20

The course provides graduate students with an introduction to major theoretical approaches to sex and gender, and it covers recent empirical research in key arenas, including care work, sex work, work and family, mothering and fathering, reproductive technologies, and health. Readings have been selected to reflect a variety of methodological approaches and to spotlight the ways in which sex and gender intersect with other social categories (e.g. race, class, and nationality) at different stages in the life course.

SOCY 311 01 (12162) /SOCY547/WGSS301
Gender, Race, and Genetic Testing
Rene Almeling
W 2.30-4.20

Overview of sociological approaches to genetics, including gene/environment interactions and the history of genetic medicine. A focus on genetic testing in Huntington's disease, pregnancy, cancer, and psychological disorders to explore how genetic information is provided to patients, and how patients experience genetic risk. Discussion of commercial firms offering direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

SOCY 134 01 (12158) /WGSS110
Sex and Gender in Society
Rene Almeling
MW 10.30-11.20

Introduction to the social processes through which people are categorized in terms of sex and gender, and how these social processes shape individual experiences of the world. Sex and gender in relation to race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality, education, work, family, reproduction, and health.