The Anthropology of Gender And Sexuality
The Anthropological Perspective and Theoretical Orientation
- Theories of gender and sexuality in the social sciences
Biology vs. Culture
- The biological basis for sexuality and gender
- Primate studies
- Culture and personality
- Incest Taboo
The Impact of Material Conditions on the Expression of Sexuality and Gender
- Foragers: sexual and gender equality?
- Horticulturalists and pastoralists: the origins of sexual inequality?
- Agriculturalists and Industrialists: ideologies of sexual inequality
Ideological Constraints on the Expression of Gender and Sexuality
- Birth and social difference
- Language and its influence
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: lectures, seminar presentations, audio-visual materials including video and research papers.
Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.
An example of one possible evaluation scheme would be:
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Describe and discuss the biological and social bases for sexuality, including problems of methodology and meaning.
- Articulate the relation of the presentation of the self in relations to sex roles and social roles.
- Explain the relation of incest taboos to the social boundaries of sexuality, in relation to classical theory and ‘pop’ anthropology.
- Describe the basic forms of human sexuality and the cross-cultural attitudes toward them.
- Discuss the process of sexual development according to sex research.
- Discuss and explain the politics of sexuality in various cultures.
- Articulate the relation of sexuality to spirituality and describe the religious uses of sexual expression.
- Explain the relationship between sexual expression and social control.
- Discuss rites of passage and human sexuality in selected cultural contexts.
- Describe and discuss the relationship between sex, gender and mass media.
- Articulate the relationship of sexuality to disease and illness.
- Explain how human beings use their sexual expression to create personal meaning and shared collective meaning in their lives.
Will consist of a generic text plus ethnographic or case studies. Typical examples include:
- Brettell, C. and Sargent, C. (2005). Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
- Abu-Lughod, L. (2008). Writing Women’s World’s: Bedouin Stories. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Klein, L. (2004). Women and Men in World Cultures. Toronto: McGraw-Hill.
- Herdt, G. (2006). The Sambia: Ritual, Sexuality, and Change in Papua New Guniea. Toronto: Nelson Education.
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|Institution||Transfer Details for ANTH 2240|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU ANTH 2XXX (3)|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG ANTH 2260 (3)|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU SA 1XX (3)|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU ANTH 2250 (3)|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU ANTH 2XX (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO ANTH 2nd (3)|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV ANTH 2nd (3)|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC ANTH 2XX (3)|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV ANTH 1XX (3)|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC ANTH 2XX (1.5)|