|SES #||TOPICS||KEY DATES|
|1||Introduction to the study of family, gender and sexuality|
|Part I: Family And Gender As Social-Economic Institutions|
|2||Gender acquisition: Learning (and unlearning) the “facts of life”|
|3||Arranged marriage, ascribed status, inheritance and gendered divisions of labor in pastoral and agrarian societies|
|4||Gender, agency, and virtue||Reader response due|
|5||Chosen marriage, achieved status, and gendered divisions of labor in wage labor societies|
Social reproduction: Reproducing formal and informal class relations
Guest: Brandyn McKinley, Pre-Doctoral Fellow at MIT, Anthropology program
|7||The racial and gendered economy of social reproduction|
|8||Family, class and social mobility in the U.S. (1)||Argumentative essay 1 due|
|9||Family, class and social mobility in the U.S. (2)|
Immigration, dislocation and legal limbo
Which Way Home. Directed by Rebecca Cammisa. Color, 90 min. 2009.
|11||Consumption and social citizenship||Reader response due|
|12||Rethinking the meaning(s) of love|
Searching for a happily ever after?
In The Name of Love. Directed by Shannon O’Rourke. Color, 46 min. 2003.
|Part II: Sex, Sexuality, Reproduction And Kinship|
|14||Marriage and heteronormativity|
The history and role of birth control
Tommy Mabry. “American Experience The Pill.” February 28, 2017. YouTube.
|Reader response due|
|16||Is “the family” a cultural universal?|
Guest: Emily Xi Lin, Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT, History program
|18||Not all happily ever after: Anger, violence & harm||Argumentative essay 2 due|
|19||Making families, making citizens|
|20||The problem of childlessness, the problem of ‘familylessness’||Argumentative essay 3 proposal due (1 paragraph theses statement + bibliography)|
Infertility, secrecy and silence
Sperm Donor X: A Different Conception. Directed by Deirdre Fishel. Color, 56 min. 2011.
|22||The labor of reproduction: Surrogacy|
|23||Reproductive rights, redux|
|24||Where to go next: “Having it all,” or reframing the question?|
|26||Student presentations (cont.)||Argumentative essay 3 due|