• Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Gender Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Christine Helliwell
    • Simone Dennis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • 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, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills 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 tutorials; 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. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed GEND2035 or ANTH6025.

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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
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4413 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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