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Course Description

An introduction to the examination of the characteristics of gender relationships both historically and cross-culturally. Amongst the emphases are theoretical approaches to gender analysis, methodologies, case studies and attention to themes such as class and stratification, race and ethnicity, identities and global restructuring as these shape gender dynamics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Critically engage with concepts of social identities.
  • Read and assess scholarly articles, in terms of their argument, assumptions, benefits, and limitations.
  • Produce academic writing that is critical, analytical, and reflective of your own interests.
  • Engage in (and enjoy!) critical thinking about the social world that you exist within and reflect on how the complexities of gender can be understood, questioned, embraced, resisted, and so on.

Course Topics

  • Understanding Sex and Gender
  • Gender as an Intersectional and Embodied Identity
  • Gender and Families/ Households
  • Gender and Work
  • Gendered Violence
  • Gender and Social Change

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s):  ANTH*1150 or SOC*1100


Assessment Item Weight
Synthesis and Reflection Papers (5 x 15% each) 75%
Student Final Exam Questions 5%
Take-Home Final Exam 20%
Total 100%


Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Introduction to Gender Systems
May 11, 2023 to June 21, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

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Note:  This course is six-weeks in duration.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) There is no textbook required for this course.
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