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:
- recognise and describe a wide range of (often unfamiliar) knowledges and practices pertaining to sex/gender found throughout the world;
- interrogate and denaturalise assumptions about sex/gender found in contemporary western societies (including Australia);
- identify the ethnocentric character of many concepts used by theorists of sex/gender; and
- analyse the place and meaning, in their own cultural contexts, of a range of gendered beliefs and practices.
- Participation (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial Presentation (5 minutes) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Essay (2000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Take-home examination (2000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
N/A Minor Amendments Only
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