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Exploring Gender Through Cultural Anthropology

Exploring Gender Through Cultural Anthropology

This is an introductory Cultural Anthropology course focusing on Gender. Here's what you will learn:


Gender seems simple. There are men, and there are women, right? Genetically, females have two X chromosomes, while males have one X and one Y chromosome, right? Wrong! That is just a simplified version of what can happen. Take this class and learn more!

This is an introductory Cultural Anthropology course focusing on Gender. Here's what you will learn:

In Unit 1, you will learn about:

The field of Anthropology
How to understand other cultures
Why gender is an important topic
In Unit 2, you will learn about:

The cultural construction of gender
Multiple gender Identities
Human sexuality around the world
Sexual orientation
In Unit 3, you will learn about :

Gendered divisions in life
Gender & products
Gender & space
Gender & clothes
Gender & language
Gender & labor
In Unit 4, you will learn about:

Gendered stratification
Gender inequality
Gender ideology
Gender exploitation
In Unit 5, you will be given:

A summary of everything you learned about gender
In this course, you will watch a combination of talking head videos and narrated slideshows. These are NOT Powerpoint lectures--these are narrated slideshows made up mostly of images to complement the lecture, and there is very little text on the screen.

Lectures are followed by an article to read, a video to watch, and a short activity to do, to help you understand the concepts further. The activities don't need to be turned in, they are just to help you explore the course content. At the end of each unit, there is an assignment using real data, involving case studies, ethnographic data from Anthropological research, or data of your own. The assignments need to be turned in. Then there is a short quiz. At the end of the course, there is a final assignment where you can go out "in the field" and be like an Anthropologist!

This course is part of a series of Anthropology courses, called Anthropology 4U: The 4 fields of Anthropology, For Everyone. The courses can be taken in any order, and you don't need to know anything about Anthropology to take these courses! Enroll now, and learn about Anthropology and Gender!

Course Information

No prior knowledge of Anthropology is needed! This course is for someone who knows nothing (or only a little) about Anthropology, and wants to learn

Distinguish between the terms sex and gender
Explain how gender identities and gender roles vary across cultures
Identify gendered divisions in different aspects of life
Describe examples of gender inequality


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