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Sex Roles in Business and Society

The course analyzes the interface between sex roles and organizational expectations. The primary objective of the course is to help students develop greater understanding and respect for all of their professional colleagues.

CAVEAT: No graduate credit will be awarded if HBD4721 has been successfully completed.


  • Distinguishing among the definitions of sex, sex roles, and gender identity.
  • Identifying sex roles that are common within the contemporary Western cultures.
  • Explaining the impact of social institutions such as the family, church, school, and state upon changing sex roles.
  • Articulating the process of identity development with emphasis upon sex role expectations at each phase of the life span.
  • Defining gender stereotypes and examining how stereotypes are learned.
  • Analyzing the role of media in portraying sex roles and gender stereotypes in business and society.
  • Identifying and differentiating the communication strategies and messages for males and females.
  • Discussing the choices available to men and women in choosing an occupation.
  • Explaining gender differences in job search behavior.
  • Outlining the pay issues and non-pay issues of the sex discrimination laws.
  • Comparing and contrasting the meaning of work to both sexes and exploring its relevance to changing demographics among the work force.
  • Analyzing contemporary issues for working women and men in our society.
  • Discussing the problems and solutions of mixed sex teams.
  • Describing the learned helplessness paradigm as it influences choices of American men and women.
  • Analyzing the impact of stress on working men and women.
  • Examining leader stereotypes and leadership style theories, including the concept of androgyny in leadership style.
  • Articulating an understanding of the legal and social definitions of sexual harassment; the two forms of harassment recognized by the EEOC, and the four types of sexual harassment.
  • Discussing the role of organizational culture in dealing with issues of sexual harassment and organizational romance.
  • Summarizing the steps that companies should take in creating a policy on harassment.
  • Analyzing the role of media in portraying sex roles and gender stereotypes in business and society.
  • Creating a mental framework for thriving in the presence of changing societal gender viewpoints.


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