ANTH 220 Sex, Gender and Culture • 5 Cr.


An evolutionary, comparative, and holistic approach to sex and gender from the theoretical perspective of Anthropology. Explores the concepts of sex and gender through all four sub-fields (cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics). Readings examine both non-Western and Western cultures, illustrating how ideas about sex and gender vary in different times and cultures. Recommended: ANTH& 100.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify how gender studies in the four fields of anthropology are conducted and explain the importance of such studies.
  • Analyze the role of biological evolution in human and non-human primate sex and gender.
  • Compare and contrast how sex and gender are studied within an archaeological context from material remains.
  • Explain gender differences in language and communication.
  • Conduct cross-cultural examinations of sex and gender and assess how gender is culturally and historically created.
  • Critique androcentric biases of research on sex and gender.