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Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
GENR - D400

I. Informations générales
Intitulé de l'unité d'enseignement * Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
Langue d'enseignement * Enseigné en anglais
Niveau du cadre de certification * Niveau 7 (2e cycle-MA/MC/MA60)
Discipline *
Titulaire(s) * [y inclus le coordonnateur] David BERLINER (coordonnateur)
II. Place de l'enseignement
Unité(s) d'enseignement co-requise(s) *
Unité(s) d'enseignement pré-requise(s) *
Connaissances et compétences pré-requises *
Programme(s) d'études comprenant l'unité d'enseignement - M-ANTRS - Master en anthropologie (5 crédits, obligatoire)
- MS-GENR - Master de spécialisation en études de genre (5 crédits, obligatoire)
- MS-SOCA - Master de spécialisation en sociologie-anthropologie (5 crédits, optionnel)
- M-TRAVI - Master en sciences du travail, à finalité Genre et inégalités (5 crédits, obligatoire)
- POLI4-J - Master en sciences politiques (programme en anglais) - année unique (5 crédits, optionnel)
III. Objectifs et méthodologies
Contribution de l'unité d'enseignement au profil d'enseignement *

The dramatic development of gender and sexuality studies over the past decades has profound implications for anthropological research. The course begins with a historical look at the emergence of women and gender issues in the field of anthropology and focuses on the relationship between feminism and anthropology. We shall then explore the myriad of ways in which gender ideologies, discourses and practices are constructed in different cultural environments. Emphasis will be put on current sensitive debates that concern anthropologists of gender and sexuality (religion as masculine domination, gender and nationalism, pornography, prostitution and FMG). Readings and discussions will provide avenues for exploring key issues such as essentialism/constructivism, universalism/relativism, power/resistance, differences/identities, sexualities, gendered bodies, and the masculine domination as they relate to men and women in different societies. 

Objectifs de l'unité d'enseignement (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques) *
Contenu de l'unité d'enseignement *
Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages *

Course Format: Class time will be divided between lectures, class discussion of course readings, and debates (see below). All students are expected to come to class having read the assigned readings and be prepared for class discussions.

This class is structured as a discussion seminar. You are required to do the assigned readings before each class meeting and actively participate in class discussions. Productive participation in class activities is a key component to effective learning and is highly valued by the instructor. The instructor expects regular class attendance, careful reading of course materials, and active participation during class.

Texts required for students will be available at the University bookstore and on the virtual university website. 

Support(s) de cours indispensable(s) *
Autres supports de cours
Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées *
IV. Evaluation
Méthode(s) d'évaluation *




Paper proposal due on Monday November 27. You must turn in via email ( a proposal of about 100 words describing the topic you intend to write about. A paper proposal outlines the goals, topic, and scope of the research paper in addition to identifying the sources and methods that will be used in the paper. If there are problems with your proposal, we will discuss alternatives. Submission is compulsory.  

 The essay: The research paper will expand upon the topic that you identify in your paper proposal. You will write a 4000-words analytical paper on a topic of your choice related to the study of gender and sexuality. The topic should allow you to make reference to concepts and readings we will have discussed in class.

 The final paper is due Monday January 8. Please drop it in my pigeonhole, at the Institute of Sociology (44 avenue Jeanne), 12th floor. I will not accept an essay sent via email. I will not accept an essay after the due date (unless exceptional circumstances). The papers for the second session must be submitted in my pigeonhole for August 13.

 Essays will be written either in English or in French. 

Keep in mind that a critical/analytical essay implies a careful reading of the literature you are in dialogue with. Question the authors, question the theories. Question theoretical claims and conclusions. Tell what impact the readings made on you. Has your point of view or opinion been challenged?  The essay can be rooted into a personal questioning, but must be a theoretical contribution to the field. 

 Your essay should include both in-text citations and a bibliography of at least 10 printed sources (books, book chapters, journal articles, etc). Non-scientific reviewed materials available only on the web (such as blogs, news sites etc) may be used to supplement these sources, but do not count towards the required 10 sources noted above. If in doubt, consult with me.

 Essays must use a 12 point font. All pages should be numbered. No need for a cover page. Use double space for your essay and staple the pages together.

Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles) *
Langue d'évaluation *

English or French

V. Organisation pratique
Institution organisatrice * ULB
Faculté gestionnaire * Philosophie et sc. sociales
Quadrimestre * Premier quadrimestre (NRE : 47634)
Horaire * Premier quadrimestre
Volume horaire
VI. Coordination pédagogique
Contact *
Lieu d’enseignement *
VII. Autres informations relatives à l’unité d’enseignement

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