Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality

Subject ANTH20008 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Not offered 2013
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Anthropology or Development Studies at Level 1

Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed Sexing the self - 121-066 or 671-354 in 2010 or earlier are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

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.


Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • develop an understanding and appreciation of the construction of gender and sexuality in a variety of the world’s societies
  • be able to apply a range of broader anthopological theories to cross-cultural understandings of gender and sexuality
  • develop an appreciation of the links that exist between theory, method and ethnography in anthropology.

A 500-word tutorial assignment (10%) due early in the semester, a 1500 word take home exam (40%) due mid-semester, and a 2000 word essay (50%) due during the examination period.

Hurdle Requirement: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% tutorial participation. Regular participation in tutorials is required. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop at the beginning of semester.

Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject be able to:

  • Systematically evaluate a body of empirical data and identify its theoretical context
  • Apply methods of critical inquiry and argument leading to improved analytical skills
  • Develop awareness of a range of issues relating to cross-cultural communication, comparison and difference
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Anthropology
Development Studies
Development Studies Major
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies Major

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