AANA18129U Ethnographic perspectives on queerness, gender and sexuality

Volume 2021/2022
Education

NB:  This course is identical to AANA18115U The Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality and thus not open to students who attended that course in autumn semester 2020.  

Content

This course will introduce and challenge the ways in which we interpret contemporary gender, sexuality and heteronormativity through ethnographic case studies. While many modern Western societies debate openly the concepts of gender, sexuality, and LGBTQIA, a range of non-Western anthropological studies from around the world demonstrate the knowledge and concepts that reshape the notion of queerness and gender fluidity in global societies. With a comparative outlook towards Western societies, we will explore and discuss the change of gender roles in the 21st century, transgenderism and vulnerabilities, post-colonial queer cultures and discrimination, masculinity and femininity, power of beauty and aesthetics, and other critical topics such as LGBTQ sex work, non-conformity and transgender inmates in prisons, as well as their connection to gender identity formation in contemporary society.

Learning Outcome

Skills

•            Empirically challenge traditional understandings of gender and sexuality in different scholarly and non-scholarly perspectives.

•            Ability to examine the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, culture, race, ethnicity, or class, and explore how they influence individuals’   identities.

 

Knowledge

•            Comprehend gender and sexuality through an anthropological lens.

•            Understand contemporary global gender issues and social movements through empirical studies.

 

Competences

•            Engage anthropological methodologies from critical gender and sexuality studies to analyze the assumption and impact of gender binaries and heterosexual norms which construct societies, cultures and beliefs.

•            Critically analyze contemporary global social trends on gender and sexuality through anthropological contexts

BSc students and MSc students: 500 pages obligatory literature

The teacher will publish 200-300 pages of supplementary literature.

Course literature will be available through Absalon.

         

Lectures, peer-group exercises and presentations

Please see online schedule for room numbers and further information
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 42
  • Preparation
  • 133
  • Exam
  • 35
  • Total
  • 210
Oral
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

The students will receive oral feedback during the course and to their short writing assignment. The tutor will provide written feedback on the final essay. During peer-group exercises and presentations, students will also receive peer-group feedbacks.

Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Portfolio, .
Length: Portfolio exam can be written individually or in groups of Max. 4 students. Portfolio exams consist of 2-7 submissions. For MA students, there is a submission more than for BA students, i.e. if the BA student has to submit five submissions, the MA students must submit six submissions. The number of submissions is set by the lecturer. The total length of all of the submissions must be max. 30,000 keystrokes for one student. For groups of two students, Max. 40,000 keystrokes. For groups of three students, Max. 45,000 keystrokes and for groups of four students, Max. 50,000 keystrokes. In the case of group assignments, the contribution of each individual student must be clearly marked in the assignment. For groups with both BA and MA students, the same number of submissions is required as for MA students. The assignments are assessed jointly with a single grade.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Re-exam

1st re-exam: An essay must be submitted. The new assignment must be submitted by the deadline for the re-exam.

2nd re-exam: A new essay must be submitted. The new assignment must be submitted by the deadline for the re-exam.

Essay length: 21,600–26,400 keystrokes for an individual submission. 6,750–8,250 keystrokes per extra member for group submissions. The maximum number of students who can write an essay in a group is four.

For groups writing together it must be clearly indicated which parts of the assignment each of the students has written.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome