• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Gender Studies
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Gender Studies
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christine Helliwell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course ANTH2025
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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Anthropology is uniquely situated to look into concepts and theories of gender, sex and sexuality through its concern with the culturally-specific character of human categories and practices. This course explores gender, sex and sexuality across a range of cultural settings seeking, in the process, to question most of what we—including most theorists of sex/gender—take for granted about the gendered and sexed character of human identity and difference. Topics explored include: the saliency of the categories man and woman; the relationships between race and gender; the role of colonialism and neocolonialism in the representation of gender, sex and sexuality; the usefulness of the notion of oppression; the relationship between cultural conceptions of personhood and cultural conceptions of gender; and the ethnocentricity of the concepts of gender, sex and sexuality themselves. To assist these explorations we will make use of cross-cultural case studies in a number of areas including rape, prostitution, work and domesticity, the third sex and homosexuality.

Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Recognise and describe a wide range of (often unfamiliar) knowledges and practices pertaining to sex/gender found throughout the world;
  2. Interrogate and denaturalise assumptions about sex/gender found in contemporary western societies (including Australia);
  3. Identify the ethnocentric character of many concepts used by theorists of sex/gender; and
  4. Analyse the place and meaning, in their own cultural contexts, of a range of gendered beliefs and practices.

Indicative Assessment

Participation (5%) [Learning Outcomes, 1, 2, 3, 4]
Tutorial Presentation, 5 minutes (10%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Essay, 2000 words (40%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Take-home examination, 2000 words (45%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Anthropology (ANTH), Sociology (SOCY) or Gender Studies (GEND) courses, or with permission of the convener.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3733 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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