Men in a Changing Society

Dr. Robert Sanderson
Office hours by appointment only
Stabler Hall 401-G
Phone: 569-3173



Robert A. Johnson, He
Christopher T. Kilmartin , The Masculine Self (second edition)
Michael A. Messner, Politics of Masculinities


This course is designed to introduce students to the study of issues relating to masculine gender identity. Through our readings and discussions we will explore specific themes that define masculinity and the issues men confront over the course of their lives. Relying heavily on the social-constructionist model, we will examine how men actively construct masculinity within a social and historical context. In conjunction with this social construction and integrated in our examination are the variations that exist globally among men in relation to social class, race, and sexuality.

Gender shapes our identities and our institutions in which we interact with one another. Throughout this course we will seek a greater understanding of the social, political, and historical changes that confront men in our modern society and direct the patterns of those interactions. Hopefully, we will arrive at a plausible explanation of what it means to be a man in today’s world.


It is the policy of UALR to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Any disabled student who needs accommodation, for example, in seating placement or in arrangements for examinations, should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. The chair of the department offering this course is also available to assist with accommodations. Disabled students are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Support Services, located in the Donaghey Student Center, telephone 569-3143.