- Code ANTH6025
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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.
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;
- 4. Analyse the place and meaning, in their own cultural contexts, of a range of gendered beliefs and practices; and
- 5. Design and carry out an individual research project in the anthropology of gender.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%) [Learning outcomes 1-5]
Essay 1 (set topic), 2000 words (30%) [Learning outcomes 1-5]
Essay 2 (individually-negotiated topic), 4000 words (60%) [Learning outcomes 1-5]
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Workload130 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.
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