Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality

Course description Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
Year: 2015-2016
Catalog number: 6492LUAGS
Teacher(s):
  • P.J.H. Mepschen MSc
Language: English
Blackboard: Unknown
EC: 5
Level: 200
Period: Semester 2, Block IV
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • No Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Tags

GEN, HD, HI, GC

Admissions requirements

Introduction to Gender Studies, Global Challenges: Diversity, or explicit permission of the instructor.

Description

This course is designed to train students to reflect critically on the historical, social and cultural embeddedness of gender and sexual practices, relationships, and imaginaries in Europe and beyond. Sexuality and gender represent crossroads where our bodies intersect with social organization and (sub)cultural diversity: they relate to power and inequality, but also to desire and identity. These intersections account for a large part of contemporary social life. The focus in this course is on the historical anthropology of gender and sexuality in contemporary societies. That is to say, on how gender and sexuality articulate with hierarchies of race, ethnicity, class, and cultural distinction – and the relationship between gender and sexuality, modern capitalism, and modern imperialism. In this course, you will engage with critical approaches to gender and sexuality in relation to globalization; the racialization of postcolonial immigrants, the emergence of increasingly multicultural societies, the advent of feminism and gay liberation, the relative progress in gender equality, and the diversification of gendered and sexual subcultures. Participants will not only learn the latest theoretical developments in the fields of gender and sexuality, more crucially they will gain knowledge about the social construction of gender and sexuality in contemporary societies.

Course objectives

  • Students develop and learn to apply knowledge of the ways in which gender roles, representations of the body, and normative prescriptions regarding sexual behavior are embedded in particular historical dynamics, like the rise of nationalism and the development of modern capitalism;
  • Students develop tools to analyze and explain the ways in which normative ideas about gender intersect with other structures of power and difference
  • Students acquire intellectual familiarity with different theoretical points of view, including feminist; marxism; performativity, posthumanism; and queer perspectives, and learn to apply this knowledge in their own work;
  • Practice and improve their English-language communications skills in written assignments and in verbal expression during class presentations and guided discussions about the reading materials.

Timetable

Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction

This course will be conducted as a discussion seminar, with two 2-hour sessions per week, running from week 1-7. In each session we will be discussing key readings and apply their insights to different textual and visual materials. The lecturer will provide reading guide-lines, clarify difficult terms, as well as contextualize the readings. Students are expected to participate actively in classroom discussions and to bring in materials relating to the topics addressed.

Assessment

The assignments are designed to encourage and help you to do three things:

  • You engage with texts closely. For this purpose, you will write two literature reflections. (900 – 1100 words)
  • A final paper provides you with the opportunity to discuss a case of your choosing using the insights gained from the course and the literature. (2500-3000 words)
  • Participation in class. The participation grade will be based on participation in class discussions, presence and attitude.

15%: class participation
25%: critical reflection on the literature, weeks 1-3, 900-1100 words
25%: critical reflection on the literature, weeks 4-8, 900-1100 words
35%: Essay on gender and sexuality, 2500-3000 words

Blackboard

There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Readings for the first session: Mosse, George (1985) Nationalism and sexuality. Respectability and Abnormal Sexuality in Modern Europe. New York: Howard Fertig. (Chapters 1, 2 & 7).

Registration

This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact course.administration@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

Contact

p.j.h.mepschen@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

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