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2018-2019 Course Catalog 
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ANTH 2031 - Sex and Gender

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course will examine sex and gender from an anthropological perspective. Anthropology recognizes that human behavior and social systems arise as a result of the interaction of our biology and our environment. This class will begin by studying sex from an evolutionary perspective. Later, the class will turn to the topic of gender, which is the behavior associated with each sex as defined varyingly by different cultures. Students will study gender across many different cultures around the world and look for patterns to seek a better understanding of our species and ourselves.
MnTC Goals
5 History/Social/Behavioral Science, 8 Global Perspective

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1020   with a grade of C or higher OR ENGL 1021  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: ANTH 1021 or ANTH 1022  with a grade of C or higher.

Major Content
  1. introduction to anthropology
  2. methods and theories
  3. the evolution of sexual reproduction
  4. human sex and mate choice
  5. gender
  6. cross-cultural data
  7. contemporary issues of sex and gender
  8. social science writing instruction

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. explain various anthropological methods for collecting data.
  2. analyze anthropological theories to explain human behavior.
  3. demonstrate familiarity with studies regarding the evolution of human sexuality.
  4. describe the anthropological concept of gender.
  5. construct an argumentative social science paper.
  6. explain the cross-cultural patterns of uniformity and diversity in various aspects of

Competency 1 (1-6)
05. 01. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
05. 02. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
05. 03. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
Competency 2 (7-10)
08. 02. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
08. 03. Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
08. 04. Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

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