Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the concepts, theory, and issues of sex and gender. We will begin with a basic introduction to the sociological understanding of sex and gender and major perspectives concerning how sex and gender intersect with race, class, and other social phenomena. Then we will move into an examination of sex and gender in major social institutions such as the family, work, education, and medicine.

The course will also explore sex and gender in the media, globalization, the environment, sports, and politics. Students will examine sex and gender through the lens of sociology.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • To gain a basic understanding of the sociological concepts of sex and gender
  • To explore how sex and gender intersect with other social concepts such as race, class, sexual
    orientation, and ability
  • To explore these issues in major social institutions such as workplaces and the family
  • To be able to understand and interpret multiple perspectives on sex and gender
  • To understand the social construction of sex and gender
  • To be able to understand key theoretical approaches to inequality and inclusion

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SOC 305

Format: On Campus

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate. 

Credit: 3 credits

Grading: A-F


  • Residential: $4,695
  • Commuter: $3,766

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus2-Week Session II: Monday, July 22 – Friday, Aug. 2, 2024MTWThF;
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
3 CreditsOpen

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

This course will be primarily discussion based. Any lectures from the instructor will be brief and students will be expected to share their thoughts and ideas in small groups and with the class. We will use multiple means to communicate information through videos, movies, student led discussions, and presentations. Students will be expected to keep an in-class journal and time will be set aside for them to write each class period. I hope to incorporate field trips, perhaps to the Everson to consider gender and art or to The Skänoñh Peace Center to discuss gender and colonization.

Faculty Bios

Dustin Satterfield

Dustin is a PhD student studying Sociology in the Maxwell School. They earned their Master’s in Sociology at the University of Montana with a graduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They have taught a variety of classes from “Statistics in the Social Sciences” to “Transnational Feminism.” Dustin recently has begun to collect interviews for their dissertation, “Heteronormativity and Poverty Governance in the NE US: LGBT Experiences with Government Benefits.”