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Anthropology 3628 Instructor: Sharon Kemp
WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES Office: 211 Cina, Ph.726-6110
Spring Quarter 1999 Office Hours:
9-10:05 MWF and by appointment
This course provides a survey of the position, life cycle and images of women, primarily in non-Western cultures. Sociocultural factors which influence and inform the lives of women are examined including kinship, modes of production, industrialism, social stratification, colonialism and development.
To broaden our understandings of women and women's lives in the non-Western world. To investigate determinants of women's status cross-culturally with a focus on the structure of gender relations, the social roles of women and the cultural definitions of women in selected societies.
Sarah Mitter, Dharmas Daughters
Yolanda Murphy and Robert Murphy, Women of the Forest
Bouthaina Shaaban, Both Right and Left Handed: Arab Women Talk About Their Lives
Carol Stack, All our Kin
Martha Ward, A World Full of Women
The films shown in class supplement the readings and should be watched carefully and critically.
Exams and Grading
Mid-term Exam--April 8 25%
Class Participation 25%
Discussion; Class Contributions
Project/Paper/Journaling & Clipping 25%
Final Exam--May 21 25%
You are expected to attend class regularly. Examinations cover lectures, discussions, readings and films. Final grades are based on total point score.
Special Facilities and Arrangements
Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform the instructor at the beginning of the quarter. Adaptations of methods, materials, or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation.
Course Outline and Reading Schedule
Readings should be done before the assigned class in order to participate in and benefit from discussions, lectures and films as much as possible.
WEEK DATE TOPICS READINGS
I. 3/9-13 Introduction Ward, Chs. 1 & 2
Theoretical Issues FILM: Kypseli
II. 3/16-20 Biocultural Markers Ward, Chs. 3, 4, 5
Primates FILM: Intro to Chimp
Women Centered Families
III. 3/23-27 American Women Stack, All Our Kin Centered Families
FILM: Janie's Janie
IV. 3/30-4/3 Systems of Separation Ward, Ch. 6
Women of the Forest Murphy and Murphy, Ch.1-6
V. 4/6-4/8 Women of the Forest Murphy and Murphy, Ch. 7-9
4/8 MID-TERM EXAM
VI. 4/13-4/17 Third Gender Systems Ward, Ch 7 & 8
Women and Religion
Dharmas Daughters Mitter, Intro, Part 2, Ch 7-11
VII. 4/20-4/24 Dharmas Daughters Mitter, Pts 1 & 3, Ch. 1-6,12-15
FILM: Courtesans of
VIII. 4/27-5/1 Colonialism and the Third Ward, Ch. 9
Both Right and Left Handed Shaaban, Pts 1 & 2
IX. 5/4-5/8 Colonialism Continued Shaaban, Pts 3 & 4
FILM: Maasai Women
Human Rights Ward, Ch. 10
X. 5/11-5/15 Project/Paper Presentations
XI. 5/18 FINAL EXAM:Thursday 10-11:55