December 12, 2017 9am - 5pm
May 5, 2018 9am - 5pm
In this course, you will explore the dictates imposed on people who seek to be viewed and experienced as masculine. Unlike the typical view of gender as concerning women, or “women vs. men”, this course is devoted to the singular exploration of masculinity. Masculinity is traditionally viewed simply as the predominant position of privilege and power. This course looks beyond that view and examines the constraints and expectations of the illusive “ideal male.” Multidisciplinary research from across biology, psychology, sociology and even economics are utilized in examining exactly what is required to “be a man” in today’s world.
You will leave this course with a new understanding of masculinity grounded in a historical review of the chronology of masculine archetypes over the past century to examine the context from which current norms of masculinity stem from. You will also learn how students perceive their own and others’ masculinity in schools and community settings, examining the link between our inherited notions of masculinity and the consequences for youth today.
Going beyond rigid notions of binary gender, you will create new possibilities and definitions for masculine expression while examining the oppositional relationship between current societal expectations of masculinity and femininity, specifically the impact this has on masculine identity. Go here for a full list of Learning Objectives for Masculinity Distinguished.
Who should take this course:
- Youth and families impacted by stereotyped notions of masculinity
- Business leaders tasked with addressing masculine power and privilege in the workplace
- Healthcare professionals who witness the damaging effects of youth striving to achieve unrealistic “ideal” masculinity
- Educators faced with managing extreme—sometimes violent—demonstrations of masculinity in school environments
- Faith leaders uncertain how to relate to community members amid shifting definitions of masculinity and femininity
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