Exploring Gender Through Cultural Anthropology

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  • Self-paced with Life Time Access
  • Certificate on Completion
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Gender seems simple. There are men, and there are women, right? Genetically, females have two X chromosomes, while males have one X and one Y chromosome, right? Wrong! That is just a simplified version of what can happen. Take this class and learn more!

This is an introductory Cultural Anthropology course focusing on Gender. Here's what you will learn:

In Unit 1, you will learn about:

  • The field of Anthropology
  • How to understand other cultures
  • Why gender is an important topic

In Unit 2, you will learn about:

  • The cultural construction of gender
  • Multiple gender Identities
  • Human sexuality around the world
  • Sexual orientation

In Unit 3, you will learn about :

  • Gendered divisions in life
  • Gender & products
  • Gender & space
  • Gender & clothes
  • Gender & language
  • Gender & labor

In Unit 4, you will learn about:

  • Gendered stratification
  • Gender inequality
  • Gender ideology
  • Gender exploitation

In Unit 5, you will be given:

  • A summary of everything you learned about gender

In this course, you will watch a combination of talking head videos and narrated slideshows. These are NOT Powerpoint lectures--these are narrated slideshows made up mostly of images to complement the lecture, and there is very little text on the screen. 

Lectures are followed by an article to read, a video to watch, and a short activity to do, to help you understand the concepts further. The activities don't need to be turned in, they are just to help you explore the course content. At the end of each unit, there is an assignment using real data, involving case studies, ethnographic data from Anthropological research, or data of your own. The assignments need to be turned in. Then there is a short quiz. At the end of the course, there is a final assignment where you can go out "in the field" and be like an Anthropologist! 

This course is part of a series of Anthropology courses, called Anthropology 4U: The 4 fields of Anthropology, For Everyone. The courses can be taken in any order, and you don't need to know anything about Anthropology to take these courses! Enroll now, and learn about Anthropology and Gender!

Basic knowledge
  • No prior knowledge of Anthropology is needed! This course is for someone who knows nothing (or only a little) about Anthropology, and wants to learn

What will you learn
  • Distinguish between the terms sex and gender
  • Explain how gender identities and gender roles vary across cultures
  • Identify gendered divisions in different aspects of life
  • Describe examples of gender inequality
Course Curriculum
Number of Lectures: 70 Total Duration: 02:30:21

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