ANTH-170 : Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ANTH-170 Sex and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): (or Co-requisite:) Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in ENGL-101 and BE-102 at the same time as this course

Course Description in college catalog:

This course focuses on the construction of gender and sexuality across a wide range of cultures, exploring the role of kinship, religion, politics, and economics in the construction of gender roles, sexual practices, family arrangements, as well as gender and sexual identities and desires. This course confronts commonly-held assumptions about gender and sexuality, as it explores the diversity of gender and sexuality across cultures and historical eras, paying particular attention to the social conditions, ideologies and power-structures that inform people’s lives across cultures and societies.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Students will understand anthropological text effectively through readings of ethnographic and autobiographical accounts of gender and sexual practices among a wide range of cultures across the globe.

2. Students will critically evaluate anthropological theories and research on gender and sexuality

3. Students will construct written essays, responses and or papers demonstrating the use of evidence-based information in drawing conclusions about issues relevant to the anthropological approach to the study of gender and sexuality.

4. Students will identify and apply key concepts from cross-cultural anthropological research on gender and sexuality

5. Students will apply anthropological methods to understand how the relationship of individual and society differs across a broad range of cultures and societies.

6. Students will evaluate ethical views from a cross-cultural perspective

7. Students will learn how to understand the development of ethical views, values and practices from a historical and cultural perspective

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Students in this course are evaluated on the basis of exams, formal and informal writing assignments, and class participation.

Grading is based on a point system:

Participation 26 points (2 points for each class)

Reading Responses 30 points (3 points each)

Formal writing responses 60 points (10 points each)

Quizzes 30 points (10 points each)

Midterm 30 points

Final 60 points

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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