Student: _____________________________________________ Women in Cross Cultural Perspective (ANTHR 240) Winter 2008 (GER-SS, 5 credits) Instructor: Office: Phone: E-mail: Office hours: Dr. Mary L. Russell Cascade Bldg., Room 222 (253) 964-6466 [email protected] Mon, Tue, Thu, 11 am – noon Wed, 11 am – 1:00 pm and by appointment (Office hours may change due to campus activities. Changes will be posted on door of C-222.) Class Location: Cascade Bldg., Room 124 Class Meetings: Daily, 10:00 – 10:50 am Course Description: The purpose of this course is for you to examine how various cultural beliefs and practices affect women’s relationships to their bodies, to each other, to their families, and to the societies in which they live. We will examine cross-cultural perspectives on women in relation to work, biology, partnering, male-female separation systems, gender and sexuality, gendered violence, and global economics. Course Outcomes: At the conclusion of this course you should be able to Comprehend and discuss major concepts relevant to the anthropology of gender; Recognize your own ethnocentrism and adopt an anthropological perspective in order to understand Others and their cultural practices; Distinguish between Western feminism and feminist anthropology. Conduct an ethnographic interview in an ethical manner; and, Employ skills that advance your own professionalism and that contribute to constructive interaction with Others. Graded Coursework: Reading Notes & Discussions (10) Reflective Writings (5) Ethnographic Interview Project Final Exam Assignment descriptions with evaluation criteria will be handed out and discussed in class. Please see attachments to this syllabus for information about final course grades. Required Course Materials: The following books and materials are available for purchase at the Pierce College Bookstore: A World Full of Women, 4th Edition, Ward and Edelstein (2006). This book is written for readers with no background in anthropology. The authors present a broad range of theoretical perspectives in the anthropology of women, as well as a large number of ethnographic examples. The book includes a glossary (pp.269-276) and an index (pp. 287-291). Guests of the Sheik, Fernea (1965). This book is considered a “classic” ethnography and is often assigned reading for courses on gender studies and on the Middle East. Course Organization The course consists of a variety of approaches including but not limited to lectures, videos, small and large group activities, and group discussions of assigned readings. In general, class time is not designed to repeat or explain assigned readings, although you are still responsible for completing all of the assigned reading. You are expected to work with your classmates for their benefit as well as yours.