GNSEX303-22B (HAM)

Intersectionalities: Identities and Inequalities

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Sociology and Social Policy


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Paper Description

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This paper explores the impact intersectional relationships between race, gender, class, migration, and sexuality have on
individuals. Students will explore how interlocking social inequalities change and are reproduced through what sociologists call
“inequality producing mechanisms,” which function simultaneously to produce the outcomes we observe in the lives of individuals,
groups, and in society. To understand and address the challenges and barriers associated with social inequalities and social policy,
this paper introduces students to different power analysis frameworks to address core concerns related to women and men.
We begin taking a detailed look at the structural and interpersonal domains of power dynamics that produce social inequalities. From
this foundation, we will direct a critical lens toward major challenges to understand contemporary issues. This will entail exploring the
gaps in the literature research addresses. By the end of the paper, students should be able to critically analyze how social institutions
and/or systems of social stratification are represented and reproduced via social policy.
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Paper Structure

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This seminar-structured class will require students' participation each week as lectures will not be delivered in a traditional lecture style. Students will be expected to discuss key concepts/frameworks and apply them to contemporary contexts. Students are expected to attend two two-hour lectures. All assignments, readings, and videos/documentaries can be found on Moodle.

Students are expected to contribute to scholarly discussion and help move the discussion forward, therefore, Panopto will not be used.
The paper is divided into 13 weekly sections. Lectures begin on the first week of the semester. For each section, you will be given a list of
readings and/or documentaries that examine a set of issues in detail. Each student will select one weekly section of readings of
interest to them, summarize readings, and lead class discussions during that week.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Explain the nature of discrimination in political structures and policy on the basis of age, sexual orientation, gender, race and class
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  • Critique policy from an intersectional perspective
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  • Identify some key categories relevant to studying gender issues in policy
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  • Explore absences in mainstream discourses and their implications (introduction to subaltern)
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This assignment requires students to watch and respond to a selected documentary from a position that recognizes intersectionality and its effects. It is the culmination of a learning process designed to nurture students' ability to comprehend major sociological theories and apply them to an aspect of contemporary society. Students are to watch the assigned documentary film. Using what you have learned in this paper, write a short 250- 500 word response (to prompts provided) to be submitted the following Monday. Also, write one to two discussion questions to pose to fellow classmates.
Your paragraph should critically analyze how social institutions and/or systems of social stratification are represented in the documentary.


It has been noted that we can learn more if we discuss things with others. This assignment allows students to listen to more than one voice in class (usually the instructor’s) to maximize our learning potential. At the beginning of the semester, each student will select one week’s readings of interest. During that week, the student(s) will be responsible for leading the discussion and the critique of assigned readings. If more than one student volunteers for the same week, you can co-lead the discussion. Please see the syllabus for topics/readings.


This test assesses students' understanding of key theories, concepts, and debates associated with major contemporary forms of social inequalities and oppression, from a sociological perspective.


the research paper is the major piece of internal assessment for the paper. Students must apply theoretical frameworks to a topic of interest to explore how the specific issue is framed and discuss policy implications.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Documentary Assignment
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Leading Class Discussion
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Test
26 Aug 2022
1:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Research Paper/Essay
21 Oct 2022
12:30 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Please consult Moodle for assigned readings and documentaries. Readings will consist of journal articles, book chapters, and short blog/news articles, which are all found via the Waikato Reading list (Moodle).
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Online Support

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The paper's Moodle page will consist of assignments (due dates), readings/documentaries, supporting documents, and fun and
interesting reads.
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This paper is worth 15 points. This entails 150 learning hours, which includes at least 34 hours of contact time. Students are expected
to dedicate the remainder to completing reading and assessment tasks.
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