UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANTH2405 Sex, Gender and Social Life

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Anthropology and Sociology major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 2 elective
Content 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.
Outcomes 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.).
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written work; (2) tutorials/workshops; and (3) online assessment. 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) Dr Wendy Grace
Unit rules
Prerequisites: any Level 1 ANTH unit or GEND1901 Days of our Lives: Gender in Australia
Incompatibility: ANTH2217 Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
Contact hours up to 3 contact hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANTH2405/SEM-2/2017

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