Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective

ANTH 316 [DIVR] [K] [3]

Course Instructor:

Dr. Bonnie Hewlett

VSCI 130M                              Office Hours: Available with appointment

Email; hewlettb@wsu.edu

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Text and Resources:

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Listen, Here is a Story by Bonnie Hewlett &

Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective, 6th edition by Brettel and Sargent


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Course Overview

Gender is a cultural construction that defines what it means to be masculine and feminine, how the body is interpreted and used, how work and resources should be distributed, and how marriage, kinship, reproduction and age are understood.  Anthropologists study and analyze these patterns in order to discover the ways in which gender shapes cultural systems and how they vary in cultural contexts across time and space.  This course provides an overview of various anthropological approaches to the study of gender formations, both theoretically and ethnographically.  We will examine the many ways in which gender and age have been constructed in specific cultural and historical contexts and how these categories have been analyzed by anthropologists.  We will discuss such issues as:  biological and evolutionary perspectives on gender, the domestic/public divide and division of labor, variations in cultural constructions of femininity and masculinity, various ways in which conceptions of the body inform gender and identity throughout the life-course, and the mutually-constitutive roles of the state, kinship, and ideology in gender systems.


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Course Goals

     ? To provide students with the knowledge they need to identify, explain, and historically contextualize the fundamental concepts, modes of analysis and central questions of the anthropology of gender and age

     ? To provide students with concrete knowledge of peoples? gendered practices, beliefs, and life-ways in a range of societies.

     ? To help students gain proficiency in the use of critical thinking skills in their assessment of articles and ethnographic writing.

     ? To help students increase their ability to express themselves knowledgeably and proficiently in speaking about central issues in gender and anthropology.

     ? To provide students with perspectives and skills for thinking critically about difference and their place within an increasingly integrated world.


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Course Work

1) Two exams: No late exams will be given. The final will not be cumulative. All exams will be given online, no proctor needed. The exams are 50 question, 60 minute timed exams.

2) Directed Gender and Age Assignment: You are to write an essay based upon an ethnographic interview (5-6 pages, not including bibliography and title page). Be sure and include an anthropological theory, topic, or method to address and explain, or illuminate your paper. You will be conducting the ethnographic interview, literature review and writing up this Gender and Age assignment. This will be due December 3rd by 8PM, no late essays excepted without prior approval, see policies under late/missed assignments.

3) Aging into a Nursing Home Assignment: Short exercise with one word responses. Due November 14th, Thursday by 8PM. Turn into drop box.

4) Discussion Boards: You are to respond to ONE question prompt (every other Thursday), ½ page single spaced, and additionally be prepared to give one substantive response to other classmates? comments. Substantive means several meaningful comments. Comments such as ?good observation,? ?so interesting,? and so forth are not substantive. These are topics to be discussed, not merely questions answered. Students should not merely summarize readings either. The goal is to exchange ideas, opinions and reactions. Due every other Thursday, by 8:00PM no late discussion boards accepted.

5) Required Internet viewings and films: There are a few required viewings from different Internet sites and films available which are listed along with the weekly reading assignments.

 

The Essays: Directions

Directions and essay evaluation can also be found on Blackboard under content. Papers (5-6 pages, double spaced, not including bibliography or the title page) are graded primarily on the content, but style, grammar, and form will count. I will take off points if half the paper is the question and answers from your informant without careful incorporation into an essay format. Carefully proof and edit your paper. Include a title on a title page, and make sure that you introduce your topic and its importance, you must present and base your analysis using sources from the class readings, and lectures and provide a conclusion. Your paper must be typed in Times New Roman, size 12 font, with standard margins, be the appropriate length (not including references or title page). You will need to make use of the assigned readings (and may use other professional or scholarly journals and newspapers). Proper citations are a must. List every source that you have used in the bibliography. In the bibliography, list all of your sources completely. All ideas and quotes taken from the sources must be cited. Failure to do so is plagiarism and failure to do so may result in failure on the paper.

 

How to Cite:

http://www.aaanet.org/publications/guidelines.cfmWhen citing sources in your papers, please use the American Anthropological Association Style Guide. AAA uses The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition, 2003) and Merriam-Webster?s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2006). The AAA style guide is available at: Citation. 


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Instructor Interaction

As instructor, I will be available via WSU email each day of course week and will give feedback via discussion boards. All students are welcome to call my office or stop by. Students can also prearrange a phone, Skype or in person meeting.


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Late Work Policy

?Assignments? include any required work for this course. Students will be allowed to make-up assignments only on rare occasions for justifiable, extenuating circumstances (e.g., serious illness, medical emergency, death in the family), pursuant to the University?s Absence and Other Excused Absence policy and procedures (http://registrar.wsu.edu/academic-regulations/#73). Students will not be allowed to make-up assignments for non-academic reasons (e.g. family vacation, early holiday travel).


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Grading

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 Assignment  Points  Percent of Overall Grade
 Exams (2@ 50 points each)   100 72.5%
  Ethnographic Assignment      15 10.9%
  Aging/Home Assignment 5 3.6%
 Discussion Boards (6@3 points each)  18 13%
  Aging/Home Assignment    5 3.6%
Total 138 100%

Grade Percent Grade Percent
A  100-90 C  76-70
A-   C-  
B+  87-89 D+  69-67
B  86-80 D  66-60
B-   F  <60
C+  77-79    

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