Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG6302
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Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted 1722 2006-12-14 Department College Budget Account Number Anthropology AS 120500000 Contact Person Phone David Himmelgreen 9741204 email@example.com
- Course Information
Prefix Number Full Title ANG 6302 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective Is the course title variable? N Is a permit required for registration? N Are the credit hours variable? N Is this course repeatable? If repeatable, how many times? 0 Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option 3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum) Gender Cross-Cultural Persp Course Online? Percentage Online -
Graduate Standing or DPR
Examines roles of women, men, other genders and social, economic, and political aspects of sex and
gender, from a biocultural, 4-field anthropological perspective, emphasizing non-Western societies and
cross-cultural comparison in past and present.
A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.
We have been teaching it for 23 years under a generic number and it needs its own number. It is a
very well-received course
B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?
It fulfills an elective for graduate students in anthropology, women's studies, and other programs.
C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
It has been offered as a selected topics course at least 20 times over the last 3 decades.
D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
PhD in anthropology and /or related field.
- Other Course Information
1. to understand the cultural construction of gender in different cultures around the world and in past and present.
2. to see the biological differences and similarities between men and women and what they mean for behavior.
3. to understand how gender systems influence and are influenced by culture from the individual to the
4. to understand the omnipresence of gender in decision-making, public policy, human rights and social
justice, and everyday life.
B. Learning Outcomes
1. Students will understand the difference between biological sex and the culturally constructed roles of
gender, explaining the existence of societies with many genders and the presence or absence of gender inequalities.
2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of biological differences between men and women, sex-based behaviors in non-human primates, gender-based explanations of human ancestors, and relate all this to gender differences in behavior of modern people.
3. Students will be able to document gender systems among hunter-gatherers, horticulturalists, agricultualists,
state-based societies in past and present, and how they might relate to subsistence methods, natural environments, and technological, political, economic, and ideological organization.
4. Students will identify the gender-related components of current social problems, from political to economic to social and humanitarian, around the world and in their home culture and their own lives.
C. Major Topics
1.definition and differentiation of sex and gender, misconceptions and misuses of terms, biology vs. culture
2. biological differences and similarities between human males and females
3. the concept of gender in different cultures, including 3rd, 4th, and additional genders in many parts of the world
4. sex differences in biology and behavior in non-human primates from Old and New World monkeys through the lesser
and greater apes
5. how sex and gender are understood in reconstructing lifeways of the earliest human ancestors
6. gender among different hunter-gatherer cultures of past and present, including archaeological and ethnographic evidence,
and evolutionary perspectives
7. gender among horticultural peoples, including archaeological and ethnographic evidence
8. gender among agriculturalists and pastoralists, including archaeological and ethnographic evidence
9. gender and the state, ancient, historical, and modern, including archaeological, ethnographic, and historical evidence
10. gender issues in modern non-western cultures, different groups within western culture; human rights issues
11. gender in the future: types of societies in science fiction and scientific prediction
– Female of the Species by M. K. Martin and B. Voorhies. Columbia University Press ( M&V)
– Sex and Temperament by M. Mead. William Morrow & Co.
– Fruit of the Motherland by M. Lepowski. Columbia University Press, NY.
Plus various articles from different journals and magazines
E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases
F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy
G. Assignments, Exams and Tests
H. Attendance Policy
I. Policy on Make-up Work
J. Program This Course Supports
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