This course is part of Masculinity Studies, a field that emerged from Feminist Studies and Gender Studies. We will explore the social construction of masculinity by considering masculine norms in various contexts. These include race/ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic class, religion, and sexuality, as well as in our lives. We will consider political and social men's movements, such as socialist men, men's rights advocates, and The Christian Promise Keepers. As we examine the socialization of boys, from early childhood into early adulthood, we will consider how hegemonic masculinity affects males and its subsequent effects on females.