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Année académique 2016-2017
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Dernière modification : le 15/06/2016 par BERLINER, David


Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality
SOCA - D4992

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/MS/MA60)
Discipline * Sociologie et anthropologie
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-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 *
Objectifs de l'unité d'enseignement (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques) *

This course offers a specifically anthropological perspective to understandings of gender and sexuality, providing an empirical, cross-cultural framework with which to evaluate and examine various theoretical perspectives. 

Contenu de l'unité d'enseignement *

The dramatic development of women and gender 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 (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. 

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages *


4 debates organized by the students about contemporary controversies in the field of gender and sexuality studies.

Students attend the conferences organized by the LAMC and by the Atelier Genre et Sexualités.

Support(s) de cours indispensable(s) *
Autres supports de cours
Références, bibliographie et lectures recommandées *


IV. Evaluation
Méthode(s) d'évaluation *

Each week readings from the syllabus are compulsory for all students. In order to passthe course, all students must write a 4000-words analytical paper on a topic related to the study of gender and sexuality. For December 10 deadline, they must turn in a proposal of about 50-100 words describing the topic they intend to write about. Essays will be written either in English or in French. A critical/analytical essay implies a careful reading of the literature students are in dialogue with. Question the authors, question the theories. Question theoretical claims and conclusions. The essay can be rooted into a personal questioning, but must be a theoretical contribution to the field. The final paper should include 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. 

Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles) *

Final paper: 100% 

Langue d'évaluation *

English or French

V. Organisation pratique
Institution organisatrice * ULB
Faculté gestionnaire * Philosophie et sc. sociales
Quadrimestre * Premier quadrimestre (NRE : 36197)
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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