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SEX AND GENDER IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE: ADVANCED (SOC-283324)

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Course Description:


This course will provide an advanced exploration of the comparative study of gender and sexuality. Students will be expected to have an introductory or intermediate understanding of either sociology, anthropology, gender studies (or a related social science) including a basic grasp of the cultural construction of gender before taking this advanced-level course. Students will probe how different cultures define femininity and masculinity and explore why these differences exist. How do work, play, language, appearance and sexual expression come to be marked as appropriate or even natural for women and men? How do structures and institutions within these cultures reinforce and support those distinctions? 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 non-Western cultures, the course examines how male and female gender roles are shaped within arenas such as kinship relations, work, politics, religion, ritual, and reproduction. As an upper-level course, there will be a higher expectation for synthesis and comparison across course materials. Through course materials students will learn about 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.

Prerequisites: Upper-level standing with advanced critical thinking and writing skills, and 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
Upper 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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