Special Courses

Men and Creativity
INDS 185
6:30-8:30 PM, Wednesdays
Michael Lecker, QEP Scholar

In what ways are you creative in your everyday life? Come join this seven-week course that explores the ways creativity is gendered.


Men on the Hill: An Introduction to Ethnography
Sociology 185.01 (freshmen only)
TR 8:30-9:50
Morton 119

Professor Lecker, QEP Scolar

This course introduces students to various qualitative methods often used in the social sciences, including observation, oral history, participant observation, and interviewing. Students will learn these methods by applying them as they study groups on the Hampden-Sydney campus. They will interview men who currently live on campus and alumni who once did, examine different subcultures existing on campus, and study the construction and use of campus space in order to understand how time, place, context, and generation affect gender performance and one’s understanding of gender. Students will also consider how multiple masculinities surface when they attend a party, a family function, a class meeting, or a sporting event. Possible texts include Space, Place, and Gender; Inside Greek U; Dude, You’re A Fag; Ethnography: Step-by-Step; and Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences.


Superheroes and Psychos: Masculinity in the Media
Sociology 285.01
TR 12:30-1:50
Bagby 310

Professor Lecker, QEP Scholar

This course investigates masculinity as depicted in the masculine-oriented superhero and horror genres. By examining idealized (superhero) and repulsive (horror) depictions of men, students will gain an understanding of the complex and contradictory beliefs that exist about masculinity in the U.S. Related topics that will be considered include nationalism, power, violence, race, sexuality, and the urban/rural divide. Possible texts include Blade 3, X2, Comic Book Nation, Captain America: Man Out of Time; Men, Women, and Chainsaws; and The Dread of Difference, along with various other graphic novels, films (viewings outside class time), television shows, and theoretical gender and genre texts. Students will be assessed mainly through essays and classroom discussion.