ANTH2405 Sex, Gender and Social Life
- 6 points
|Semester 2||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
|Semester 2||Albany||Face to face|
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 2 option in the Anthropology and Sociology major sequence
- The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 2 elective
- Culture/gender/sexuality provides a significant site from which all forms of social life can be explored. This unit examines the centrality and diversity of gender relations and sexual identity by placing an emphasis on cultural beliefs and practices in a range of ethnographic settings. By way of written texts, popular culture and contemporary film, the themes considered include how the relationships between women and men are constituted, the politics of sexual difference, gender-crossing, dress and language, and the intersection and representation of gender with race, class, religion, age and ethnicity.
- Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in anthropology and sociology of sex and gender including cultural diversity, social inequality, the nature of social relationships and institutions, systems of symbolic meaning, and processes that underpin social and cultural change; (2) demonstrate an understanding of various interpretations of gender and sexuality across a range of ethnographic settings and over time, and develop a greater awareness of the diversity of sexualities and genders in Australia, globally and cross culturally; (3) demonstrate an ability to critically review, analyse, sumarise and synthesise anthropological and sociological research and theory focused on gender and sexuality; (4) demonstrate an ability to formulate, investigate and discuss anthropologically and sociologically informed research questions and develop arguments based on a critical evaluation of evidence; and (5) demonstrate an ability to communicate anthropological and sociological ideas, principles and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of formats (written, oral, visual etc.).
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) short essay; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Mitchell Low
- Unit rules
- any Level 1 ANTH unit
GEND1901 Days of our Lives: Gender in Australia
- ANTH2217 Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
- Contact hours
- up to 3 hours per week
- Unit Outline
- Semester 2 [SEM-2 ]
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.