Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality

Subject ANTH20008 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks. The Lecture and Tutorial programs are staggered and cover the 12 weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Anthropology or Development Studies at Level 1

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject offers a specifically anthropological perspective to understandings of gender and sexuality, providing an empirical, cross-cultural framework with which to evaluate and examine various theoretical perspectives. Topics covered include the influence of an anthropologist's gendered and sexual identity in shaping ethnography, the meaning of heterosexuality in a cross-cultural context, gender and Islam, gender and kinship, gendered experiences of migration, male and female sex tourism, and experiences of masculinity, femininity and third gender categories and identities in the world today. On completion of the subject students should have gained knowledge of gender-based systems of social classification in a global context and through this develop a critical awareness of the representation of women's and men's lives in ethnography.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of anthropological studies of gender and sexuality

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of written and oral formats

  • Develop an appreciation of the interplay between theory and ethnography inquiry
  • Develop a comparative appreciation of cultural diversity through a range of historically situated and contemporary case studies
  • A 1500 word take home exam (40%) due mid-semester.
  • A 2500 word research essay (60%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject. Regular participation in tutorials is required.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Gender Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Anthropology
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Development Studies
Graduate Certificate in Arts - Gender Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Anthropology
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Gender Studies

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