Faculty of Arts


Human Sex, Gender and Sexuality


This course covers some of the many anthropological questions about gender in human societies through cross-cultural and -temporal perspectives.

Gender as culturally constructed and experienced has been a field of anthropological enquiry for decades, raising key questions such as the following: How many genders are there? What forms do they take cross-culturally and historically? How are gender forms, norms and relations enmeshed in wider social relations and cultural systems? These and other questions are considered from anthropological perspectives.

The course takes a culturally relativist position and you are expected to do likewise. The focus is on anthropological understanding of embodied, social, cultural and political phenomenon and on engaging our assumptions about things we take for granted, wherever we find ourselves on the gender (or gender politics) spectrum.

By the end of the course, you should:

  • Understand sex, sexuality and gender as social and cultural phenomena
  • Recognise the embeddedness of gender in wider community, national and global structures and relationships
  • Understand the topics covered in cross-cultural and historical perspective
  • Be able to think reflexively about your own gender position, identity and situation
  • Understand a range of anthropological perspectives and theories on gender
  • Be able to critically analyse social and scholarly ideas about gender


Coursework only

Availability 2020

Not offered in 2020; planned for 2021


Lecturer(s) Dr Alex Pavlotski




Coursework only


ANTHRO 342: 15.0 points


ANTHRO 203 or 30 points at Stage II 


ANTHRO 211 and ANTHRO 215

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