• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Christine Helliwell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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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, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

 

On completion of this course, students will have gained the following:

  • 1) An understanding of the diversity of knowledges and practices pertaining to sex/gender found throughout the world;
  • 2) The analytic and critical skills necessary to interrogate and deconstruct assumptions about sex/gender found in contemporary western societies (including Australia);
  • 3) A grasp of key issues in the anthropology of gender, including the relationship between race and gender, the role of colonialism and neo-colonialism in the creation of gender categories, the ethnocentricity of the concept of ‘oppression', and the problems associated with the categories of ‘man' and ‘woman';
  • 4) The ability to analyse, from different cultural perspectives, a range of gendered practices including rape, prostitution, veiling, clitoridectomy and the third sex.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial attendance and participation (15%), 1,500-2,000 word essay (40%) and take-home examination (45%).

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Workload

2 hours of lectures and one hour of tutorial per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Anthropology (ANTH) or Sociology (SOCY) or Gender Studies (GEND) Courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH6025. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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 Class Summary
4290 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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