David G. Allen
Looks at different ways that masculinity is understood and represented historically and contemporarily. While primarily U.S. based, also attends to how different styles of masculinity travel via immigration and media. Explores the relationship between men, masculinity, and other social movements (e.g. anti-violence, gay rights).
We look at different ways in which masculinity is understood across historical and contemporary settings in the US as well as how this is shaped by the circulation of people and media globally.
Student learning goals
The primary goal is to develop analytic tools to understand and critically evaluate different perspectives on masculinity. See the course website for specific goals
General method of instruction
One intereting innovation we're trying is to use the first half of the quarter to develop a set of analytic frameworks and then have the students select which topical areas they would like to have the course discuss over the second half. The optional topics will range from sports to fathering, pornography to anti-violence, religion to education.
An open mind and a willingness to examine your own life
Class assignments and grading
See website for syllabus