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SOCI 200 - Sociology of Gender - Sheldon Helfing

Course:Sociology of Gender
Professor:Sheldon Helfing
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello SOCI 200 Students,

I hope you are ready for an important and insightful class on a topic everyone is interested in.  Welcome to Sociology 200, Sociology of Gender (and formerly known as Introduction to Women's Studies).  This course studies the roles, contributions, institutions, and issues related to status of women historically, to the present. The course will examine what social forces have contributed to this mostly in our society, but we will compare this phenomenon in other  societies as well.  We will cover the fundamental misrepresentations of gender and sex as the set up for this problem.  Topics that will be examined include influences in the media, use of language.  In addition, institutional practices in education, media, employment, the economy, religion, and healthcare will be discussed and analyzed. 

We will cover historical and global issues of women, and the debate of nature versus nurture when it comes to identifying what is feminine and masculine. You will be doing sociological examinations, not just reading or viewing it.  The class is structured to give you useful information , and how to make for a better society. You will definitely get to share and be part of the discussion.

This course is 100% online (even the exams).  No cameras are needed. It is also an asynchronous class, meaning you have the convenience of responding at the times you choose, to a great extent.  However, it has time-sensitive deadlines.  You will not need to buy a textbook.  All reading materials will be available for you to access, as you activate the Canvas system and click onto required reading, along with videos, and other resources. 

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the academic field of women's studies, including the social and cultural consequences of living in a 'gendered world.' Socialization, communication, politics, crime, sexuality, and religion are examined, as well as the historical and cross-cultural aspects of gender relationships.

What to Expect in this Course

The activities you can expect to engage in the course will include provocative, current, as well ongoing issues in society that affect you.  Since there are no class meetings that are either face-to-face or synchronous (meaning - at a specific time), you will be doing more interactive discussion components.  You will find them listed chronologically within the Modules section of the Canvas shell for the class. 

Types of Assessments

The assessments for the course will include exams related to the material readings and video viewings assigned. There will be a book report assignment and discussion boards.

Textbook Information

No textbook required.

Other Relevant Course Information

Canvas Information

The course utilizes a Learning Management System called “Canvas.” This is the platform that the course is powered by. 

You can find Canvas on the COC campus website home page (at the middle top). Click on it.  Please log into Canvas by the first day of class.  Please ensure you have logged into Canvas ( by the second day of the class so you won’t get dropped. Canvas can also be accessed at 

 If you haven’t used Canvas before, or you want a refresher on it, please visit the guides.


Student Login for Canvas


Username: your MyCanyons username

Password: students

Change your password after you login to Canvas for the first time.

How to change password:

For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661) 362-3344 during college business hours, or (877) 889-9052 for 24/7 support.

If your course does not appear on the first day, please check the following things before calling technical support: Has the class officially started? Did you pay for the course? Do you have any holds on your account that would deny you access? 

Course and Personal Dynamics

Your desire and self-motivation to actively participate and learn for this class will make you successful with this class. You must be able to keep up with class discussions (both your own and your classmates) as well as keep up with the readings. An online class is not easier than a face-to-face class. In fact, it is more demanding. 

Part of being successful in an online class is learning the material, and the other part is being comfortable with the format so that you can access the material. If you are new to online courses, investigate some of the online tutorials.

What to do First on the Start Date of the Course 

By the start date for our class  (January 4), please access our course online via Canvas. Make sure to read through the entire syllabus and check out the assignments, especially those in the first entries of the Module. 

I look forward to providing to your engagement and success in this class.   

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to email me at


Sheldon Helfing
Professor of Sociology
College of the Canyons

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 07/29/2022 Sub#: 1001