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This subject offers an anthropological perspective to understandings of gender and sexuality, providing an empirical, cross-cultural framework with which to examine various theoretical frameworks. It embraces a historical perspective to disciplinary knowledge and evaluates the central role of anthropology’s distinct research method in shaping representations of gender, sexuality, and cultural diversity in the world today.
Through this disciplinary framing, the subject explores a comparative range of ethnographic case studies and applies them to themes and concerns of kinship and social relatedness, masculinities, third gender, heterosexualities, sex tourism, bodily surfaces, poly-relations, and new reproductive technologies.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should:
- Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of anthropological studies of gender and sexuality
- Communicate effectively in a variety of written and oral formats
- Develop an appreciation of the interplay between theory and ethnography inquiry
- Develop a comparative appreciation of cultural diversity through a range of historically situated and contemporary case studies
Last updated: 1 March 2024