Men and Masculinities

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Men and Masculinities in America
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116: TR 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Fall 2016
Civic Engagement

This course is an introduction to the idea of what it means to be a man in America today. We will touch on the history of men’s issues while talking about power and privilege simply because of gender. We will also discuss stereotypes of masculinity and the continuum that exists in terms of what it means to be a man. Drawing from multiple disciplines and perspectives, we will examine how America defines masculinity through perspectives of identity using race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender performance, age and other characteristics as markers on the journey. Class will include readings and discussions, films, guest speakers, and other experiential activities. Requirements include reading, discussing, active participation, a service learning project focusing on local to global connections, a weekly reflective journal, four observation assignments, and a final research paper.


My name is Matt Zalman and I am currently the Coordinator for Academic Initiatives and Residential Learning Community in the office of University Housing here at Appalachian State University.  I have been working in University Housing for the last eight years, most of those years at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  I enjoy working with students and imparting knowledge to them, but most importantly learning from them.  I appreciate diverse perspectives, even if it is completely against my perspective.  In terms of the study of Men and Masculinities, I have recently in the past three years come to see this as a way to study gender and learn about what is to be a man in today's society where most do not have heroes or positive role models to look toward.  I hope to continue this work throughout my tenure as a Student Affairs professiona

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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