Gender and Society

Course description

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the various forms gender determines and is determined by other factors in differentiated dimensions of social life. Gender is thought here as one of the crucial indicators of a person’s position within social structure which is intertwined with other indicators, like class, ethnicity and race, often in very subtle ways.

Gender and Society

detailed syllabus


  • A. obligatory reading (to get a credit):
  • A.1. used in class
    • Claire M. Renzetti, Daniel J. Curran, Women, Men and Society, Allyn and Bacon, 1995
  • A.2. used for self -study
    • Mary Holmes, What is Gender? Sociological Approaches, Sage Publications, 2007
    • B. supplementary reading:
    • Ralph Linton, The Cultural Background of Personality, D. Appleton Century Company, New York – London 1946.
    • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, Jonathan Cape, London 1956.
    • Henrietta L. Moore, Understanding Sex and Gender, in: Tim Ingold (ed.), Companion encyclopedia of anthropology, Routledge, 2002.
    • Rosa Ainley (ed.), New Frontiers of Space, Bodies and Gender, Routledge, 2001.
    • Erik Olin Wright, J. Baxter, G. E. Birkelund, The Gender Gap in Workplace Authority, “American Sociological Review” 1995, vol. 60, June, pp. 407 – 435.
    • Erik Olin Wright, The Non-Effects of Class on the Gender Division of Labor in the Home: A Comparative Study of Sweden and the United States, “Gender and Society”, Vol. 6, No. 2, June 1992, pp. 252 – 282.
    • Charlotte Burck, Bebe Speed (eds.) Gender, Power and Relationships, Routledge, 1995.
    • Michelle K. Ryan, Nyla R. Branscombe (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Gender and Psychology, Sage, 2013.
    • Alexandra Kollontai, Communism and the Family, in: A. Kollontai, Selected Writings of Alexandra Kollontai, transl. by Alix Holt, Allison and Busby, 1977.
    • Göran Therborn, European Modernity and Beyond: The Trajectory of European Societies, 1945 – 2000, Sage 1995.
    • Małgorzata Fidelis, Women, Communism, and Industrialization in Postwar Poland, Cambridge UP, 2010