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Klāvs Sedlenieks

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Course Description Statuss:Under Review
Course Description Version:1.00
Study Course Information
Course Code:KSK_047LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:4.00ECTS:6.00
Branch of Science:Sociology; Social AnthropologyTarget Audience:Social Anthropology
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Klāvs Sedlenieks
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Communication Studies
The Head of Structural Unit:Anda Rožukalne
Contacts:Rīga, Dzirciema iela 16, kfkoatrsu[pnkts]lv, kfkoatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67409183
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (number)6Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures12
Classes (number)18Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes36
Total Contact Hours48
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
The aim of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to get insight in anthropological approaches to studies of sex and gender, in particular paying attention to such concepts as sex and gender, body, male/female, gender roles, sexuality, drawing examples from wide ethnographic material. The course critically examine the above categories as well as those of 'a person' and 'human nature' in the context of gender studies. The course is building upon knowledge acquired in the course "Kinship Systems" and is connected to "Medical anthropology"
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Sex and gender in anthropological perspective: history and contemporary developmentLectures6.00auditorium
2Analysis and discussion of the compulsory readings on the anthropological research on sex and genderClasses6.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Participation in lectures and seminars is mandatory. If you are unable to attend a seminar, you have to submit a summary on the assigned readings - each article with 400 words. Assessment: The course is assessed by the combination of the participation in seminars, a midterm essay and a final essay. KEEP IN MIND THAT you MUST read the assigned texts always BEFORE the seminars, as I expect you to discuss the readings in the class. Active participation in seminars (40 % of the grade). Midterm essay (20 % of the grade). Final essay (40 % of the grade). Final essay (3500-4000 words) - an essay developed on any of the topics of the required and recommended readings for the lectures and seminars that draws upon various theoretical insights from the anthropology of gender and engages with observations from ethnographic examples and the student's daily life.
Assessment Criteria:
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Understanding about the study of sex and gender in anthropology, the main theoretical approaches and the most important ethnographic studies.
Skills:The ability to use the acquired knowledge to interpret and analyse academic and practical problems regarding sex and gender.
Competencies:Students can discuss the problems of sex and gender in anthropological context at a high level of competence of the texts and topics discussed and analysed during the course.
1Brown, J. K. 1970. A Note on the Division of Labor by Sex. American Anthropologist, New Series, 72 (5), pp. 1073-1078.
2Collier, J. F. and Rosaldo, M. Z. 1981. Politics and Gender in Simple Societies. In Sexual Meanings: The Cultural Construction of Gender and Sexuality. Ortner and Whithead, eds. p. 275-329.
3Klein, L. F. 1980. Contending with Colonization: Tlingit Men and Women in Change. In Women and Colonization. Etienne and Leacock, eds. pp. 88-108. New York: Preager.
4Back, L. 1993. Gendered participation: masculinity and fieldwork in a south London adolescent community. D. Bell - P. Caplan - W.J. Karim (eds.): Gendered Fields. Women, Men & Ethnography, Routledge, pp. 215-234.
5Kulick, Don.1995. The Sexual Life of Anthropologists: Erotic Subjectivity and Ethnographic Work. In Taboo: Sex, Identity, and Erotic Subjectivity in Anthropological Field Work. Don Kulick and Margaret Willson, eds. Pp. 1-28. London: Routledge.
6Pruitt, D., & LaFont, S. (1995). For love and money - Romance Tourism in Jamaica. Annals of Tourism Research, 22-2, 422-440.
7Brennan, D. (2001). Tourism in Transnational Places: Dominican Sex Workers and German Sex Tourists Imagine One Another. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 7:4, 621-663.
8Kulick, Don. 1998. Travesti: Sex, Gender, and Culture among Brazilian Transgendered Prostitutes. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.
9Apo, S. 1998. Ex cunno Come the Folk and Force. Concepts of Women’s Dynamistic Power in Finnish-Karelian Tradition. In Gender and Folklore: Perspectives on Finnish and Karelian Culture. Apo, S. et al., eds. pp. 63-91.
10Buckley, T. 1982. Menstruation and the Power of Yurok Women: Methods in Cultural Reconstruction. American Ethnologist, 9 (1), pp. 47-60.
11Martin, E. 1991. The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles. Signs, 16 (3), pp. 485-501.
12Keough, Leyla J. 2006. Globalizing 'Postsocialism:' Mobile Mothers and Neoliberalism on the Margins of Europe Anthropological Quarterly - Volume 79, Number 3, Summer 2006, pp. 431-461.
13Gal, S. 1994 Gender in the post-socialist transition: The abortion debate in Hungary. East European Politics and Societies 8:2:256-286.
14Sarah Ashwin and Tatyana Lytkina. 2004. Men in Crisis in Russia: The Role of Domestic Marginalization. Gender and Society, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Apr., 2004), pp. 189-206
15Chopra, Radhika. 2001.Retrieving the father: Gender studies, “father love” and the discourse of mothering. Women’s Studies International Forum. Volume 24, Issues 3-4, Pp 445-455.
16Mellstrom, Ulf. 2004. Machines and Masculine Subjectivity: Technology as an Integral Part of Men’s Life Experiences. Men and Masculinities, 6.
17Kulick, Don. 1997 Gender of Brazilian transgendered prostitutes. American Anthropologist 99(3):574-585.
18Elliston, Deborah A. 1995 Erotic Anthropology: 'Ritualized Homosexuality' in Melanesia and Beyond. American Ethnologist 22(4):848-867.
19Eglitis, D. 2002. (Re)-Constructing Gender in Post-Communism. In Imagining the nation: History, Modernity and Revolution in Latvia. Pennsylvania, pp. 186 – 224.
20Putniņa, A. 2007. Sexuality, masculinity and homophobia: Latvian case In Everyday life of LGBT in Eastern and Central Europe. 2007. The Peace Institute (Institute for Contemporary Social and Political Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia). Available at… .
21Putniņa, A. 2005 ‘Vīrieši Latvijā: situācijas ieskicējums’ in P. Zvirgzdiņš (ed) Demogrāfiskā situācija Latvijā. Stratēģiskās analīzes komisija.
22Stoler A. L. Making Empire Respectable: The Politics of Race and Sexual Morality in 20th Century Colonial Cultures
23Bacigalupo A. M. The Struggle for Mapuche Shamans' Masculinity: Colonial Politics of Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Southern Chile
24Sedlenieks, K., Vasiļevska, K. (2006) Men in Latvian Public Environment: Policy, Social and Economic Aspects. BĢLM, EC GRANT No. VS/2005/0343. Available at les/text/Men_in_Latvian_Public_Environment_fi nal.doc