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ANTH 220 Sex, Gender and Culture • 5 Cr.


An evolutionary, comparative, and holistic approach to sex and gender from the theoretical perspective of Anthropology. Explores the concepts of sex and gender through all four sub-fields (cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics). Readings examine both non-Western and Western cultures, illustrating how ideas about sex and gender vary in different times and cultures. Recommended: ANTH& 100.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify the four-field approach of Anthropology.
  • Differentiate between the concepts of sex and gender.
  • Recognize biological and cultural influences on sex and gender.
  • Analyze the role of biological evolution in human sex and gender.
  • Critique andocentric bias of past research.
  • Contrast how gender roles are understood from material evidence.
  • Assess how gender roles are culturally and historically created.
  • Compare cross-cultural examinations of sex and gender.
  • Discuss the historical and political uses of sex and gender.
  • Explain gender differences in communication.

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