Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog
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ANTH 220 - Sex, Gender and Culture

Credits: 5
Presents an evolutionary, comparative, and holistic approach to sex and gender from the perspective of Anthropology. Explores the concepts of sex and gender through all four fields (cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics). Course materials illustrate how ideas about sex and gender vary in different times and cultures.

Enrollment Requirement: Eligible for ENGL& 101  or instructor consent.

Satisfies Requirement: Social Science
Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Identify the four-field approach of Anthropology.
  2. Differentiate between the concepts of sex and gender.
  3. Recognize biological and cultural influences on sex and gender.
  4. Analyze the role of biological evolution in human sex and gender.
  5. Critique androcentric bias of past research.
  6. Contrast how gender roles are understood from archaeological evidence.
  7. Assess how constructions of gender categories and roles are culturally and historically created.
  8. Compare cross-cultural examinations of sex and gender.
  9. Recognize or characterize the historical and political uses of sex and gender.
  10. Examine the role of communication in gender expression.

Program Outcomes
  1. Define the anthropological concept of cultural relativism.
  2. Identify the holistic perspective.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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