ANT314: Sex and Gender in Anthropology

COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES:
Anthropology is the study of humans over time and place. This course will focus on the study of biologically and culturally determined gender role differences by comparing sex-related behavior in a variety of cultures. As participants, we will explore the construction of gender and sex as fundamental aspects of the human experience and as analytical constructs.

On completion of this course, students will have gained knowledge of gender-based systems of social classification in non-Western societies, and acquired knowledge of the variable ways in which gender influences and affects men and women, globally. Key features throughout this course have a foundation embedded in biological and cultural differences, pluralism, and relativism in a world of rapid and extensive merging and communication.

REQUIRED READINGS:
Brettell, Caroline B & Carolyn F. Sargent (2005) Gender in Cross-Cultural
Perspective (4th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
ISBN: 0-13-184971-9

Mascia-Lees, Frances E. & Nancy Johnson Black (2000). Gender and Anthropology. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press, Inc.
ISBN: 1-57766-066-8

Dirie, Waris, and Cathleen Miller (1999). Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad.NY: Harper-Perennial
ISBN: 0-688-15823-4