Anthropology (ANTH) 375

The Anthropology of Gender (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Athabasca University's ANTH 275, or SOCI 287, or an equivalent course from another institution before registering in this course.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ANTH 375 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Welcome to Anthropology 375: The Anthropology of Gender, a three-credit, intermediate-level course that focuses on the cultural and social construction of gender and gender ideologies, the fluidity of gender categories and the performative aspects of gender.


There is one Study Guide in this course, and as the name suggests, its function is to guide your study of The Anthropology of Gender.

The study guide contains the seven units listed below. Each unit opens with a brief introduction and a list of learning objectives. The units continue with reading assignments, lists of key terms, and study questions.

  • Unit 1: Engendering Fieldwork
  • Unit 2: Biology, Culture and the Production of Gender
  • Unit 3: Gender and Work
  • Unit 4: The Work of Gender
  • Unit 5: Gender, Healing and Religion
  • Unit 6: Gender Identities and Sexuality
  • Unit 7: Colonialism, Globalization and Gender


To receive credit for ANTH 375, you must complete three assignments and a final exam and you must obtain at least “D” (50 percent) on each assignment and on the final examination.

Assignment 1
Response Paper
Assignment 2
Research Paper
Assignment 3
Ethnography Review
Final Exam Total
15% 35% 25% 25% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Athabasca University Materials —Online

Anthropology 375: The Anthropology of Gender—Course Manual. 2010. Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University.

Anthropology 375: The Anthropology of Gender—Study Guide. 2010. Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University.

Print Materials

Your course materials package will include the following two textbooks and a print reading file.

Brettell, Caroline B., and Carolyn F. Sargent, eds. 2009. Gender in Cross-cultural Perspective, 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Ward, Martha and Monica Edelstein. 2009. A World Full of Women, 5th ed. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc.

Anthropology 375: The Anthropology of Gender—Reading File. 2010. Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the Anth 375 challenge registration students must complete three assignments and a final exam and receive at least a “D” (50 per cent) on the final exam and an overall course grade of "D" (50 per cent). The weightings of each activity are listed below:

Assignment 1 (Response Paper) Assignment 2 (Research Paper) Assignment 3 (Ethnography Review) Final Exam Total
15% 35% 25% 25% 100%

The final exam is a Take Home exam.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, April 1, 2011.

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