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SEX AND GENDER IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: INTRODUCTORY (SOC-282324)

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Course Description:


This course will provide an exploration of the comparative study of gender and sexuality. We will address questions such as: What does it mean to be female or male and how do different cultures define femininity and masculinity? How do work, play, language, appearance and sexual expression come to be marked as appropriate or even natural for women and men? The course explores the variations in the sexual division of labor and economic organization, and the impact of forces of change such as colonialism and globalization on gender issues. Drawing primarily on anthropological and ethnographic studies from a broad range of cultures, the course examines how male and female gender roles are shaped within arenas such as kinship relations, work, politics, religion, ritual and reproduction. Through course materials students will be introduced to the research methods and some of the theoretical approaches used in cultural anthropology.

Note: This course is offered at the introductory SOC-282324 and advanced level SOC-283324. Students should not include this course title twice in their degree program. This course can only be taken once, either at the introductory level or at the advanced level.

Recommended: One lower-level course in sociology, anthropology, psychology or social science fields.

This course fully meets the general education requirement in Social Sciences and Other World Civilizations.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Lower Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Social Sciences-Full;Other World Civilizations-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Jan. Mar. May. Sep.

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