Exploring Gender Through Cultural Anthropology
What you'll learn
- the difference between the terms "sex" and "gender"
- how gender identities and gender roles vary across cultures
- gendered divisions in different aspects of life
- examples of gender inequality
- software to open PDFs, if you want to complete worksheets on your computer (instead of printing them out)
- a printer, paper, and a pen or pencil, ONLY if you want to print out PDF worksheets and write on them
Gender seems simple. There are men, and there are women, right? Genetically, females have two X chromosomes, while males have one X and one Y chromosome, right? Wrong! That is just a simplified version of what can happen. Take this class and learn more!
This is an introductory Cultural Anthropology course focusing on Gender. Here's what you will learn:
the field of Anthropology
how to understand other cultures
why gender is an important topic
gender & daily life
the cultural construction of gender
multiple gender Identities
human sexuality around the world
gendered divisions in life
gender & products
gender & space
gender & clothes
gender & language
gender & labor
a summary of everything you learned about gender
In this course, you will watch a combination of talking head videos and narrated slideshows. These are NOT PowerPoint lectures--these are narrated slideshows made up mostly of images to complement the lecture, and there is very little text on the screen.
Lectures are followed by an article to read, a video to watch, and a short activity to do, to help you understand the concepts further. The activities don't need to be turned in, they are just to help you explore the course content. At the end of each unit, there is an assignment using real data, involving case studies, ethnographic data from Anthropological research, or data of your own. The assignments need to be turned in. Then there is a short quiz. At the end of the course, there is a final assignment where you can go out "in the field" and be like an Anthropologist!
This course is part of a series of Anthropology courses, called Anthropology 4U: The 4 fields of Anthropology, For Everyone. The courses can be taken in any order, and you don't need to know anything about Anthropology to take these courses!
Enroll now, and learn about Anthropology and Gender!
Who this course is for:
- Someone who knows nothing (or only a little) about Anthropology, and wants to learn
- Someone who is taking a college Anthropology class and wants more information
- Someone who is taking a college Anthropology class and wants help understanding concepts discussed in class
Hi! I'm Keirsten Snover and I'm an Anthropologist! I'm the founder of Anthropology 4U, a small business aimed at bringing the 4 fields of Anthropology to the average person.
I earned a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I also have a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary History & Anthropology, as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.
I have worked as a professional Medical Anthropologist for the Cleveland Clinic medical center, which is ranked the #2 hospital in the world. I also have worked for Archaeological & Historical Services, a respected Archaeology research company in Washington state.
My teaching experience includes 3 years as a frequent guest lecturer at Eastern Washington University. I also taught workshops in Forensic Anthropology through the Future Connections Program in Cleveland, Ohio, and also through the Gear Up Education Grant in Cheney, Washington. I have also taught Archaeology workshops through the Spokane Public Schools' Tessera Program. In addition, I have 5 years of experience as a Teaching Assistant for the Departments of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University and Eastern Washington University.
I have presented research at several professional conferences. For example, I studied disease and poverty in Nairobi, Kenya, and then presented my research, titled "The Intersection of Disease and Poverty in Slum Communities Around Nairobi, Kenya" at the 10th Annual Eastern Washington University Research and Creative Works Symposium in Cheney, Washington. As another example, I presented research as a contributing author on behalf of my research team at the Cleveland Clinic. The title was, "Preparing for a Genomic Future: Assessing the Educational Needs of Professionals in Clinical Genetics" and it was presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) in Bethesda, Maryland.
I have several published articles in professional journals, including the following:
2018: Contributing Author for Thematic Feature Interview Forum: Space and the Outer Limits of Archaeology. International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology 4:19-27.
2015: Access to Resources in Astrobiology: A Consideration for Astrobiology Outreach. Astrosociological Insights 4(1):19-20.
2008: The Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: The Spokane Experience. Master's Thesis, Eastern Washington University.
2007: Contributing Author for Channeled Scabland Archaeology: Investigations at the Cattle Guard Site, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Eastern Washington University Report Series No. 6.
2005: Malaria in Africa: Is America Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem. Journal of Northwest Anthropology, 39(2): 189-194.
2005: Perceptions of Malaria among Western Populations and the Wandamba of Eastern Africa: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. Lambda Alpha Journal 35: 29-36.
I am a single mom with two children, a boy (age 18) and a girl (age 23). In my free time, I like to read and paint abstract art (with watercolors and acrylic). I also enjoy "hiking" in my wheelchair in the Dishman Hills Natural Area near my home in Spokane Valley, Washington.