Gender and Sexuality, 7.5 credits

About the education

The course provides a broad empirical and theoretical overview of gender and sexuality within anthropological research. The course draws on theoretical insights from feminism, psychoanalysis, gay and lesbian studies, and queer theory to illuminate and analyse a range of concrete examples of how societies and cultures deal with gender and sexual relations. The course demonstrates how anthropological knowledge challenges western assumptions surrounding kinship, the family, and gender-related behaviours, as well as the meaning of the terms ‘gender’, ‘sex’ and ‘sexuality’. Themes taken up include reproductive technology, the body, nationalism, and masculinities and femininities. Special emphasis is placed on how gender and sexuality are implicated in relations of power.

Subject: Social Anthropology

Anthropology deals with the entire range of human social and cultural phenomena in places ranging from corporate boardrooms and think tanks in major cities, to rural markets and war zones in the hinterlands of globalisation. Anthropology inquires into the different ways in which societies are organised and how people make sense of the worlds in which they live. In short, anthropology asks what it means to be human.

The Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University is a world-leading research institution. Our courses and programs reflect the Department’s commitment to understanding people, ideas, and objects in situ, and how they travel across political and cultural borders, challenging, reinforcing or redrawing them in the process.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Social Anthropology