Gender Studies | Sex, Gender & the Body
G105 | 11345 | Comella, L


Bodies tend to be assigned to categories and to be ascribed certain
tendencies, abilities, or deficiencies based on these
understandings. These assigned categories and ascribed
characteristics are often shaped by notions of sex and/or gender.
This course addresses sex and gender as culturally and historically
specific constructions of difference and identity, which are
intertwined and inform one another.  It investigates the ways that
perceptions of sex and gender are realized in and through the body
as actor and the body as subject of discourse. The investigation of
these issues leads into the domains of cross-cultural comparison,
science, health, sexuality, reproduction, and body image.  This
course is excellent preparation for further and upper level studies
of gender, the body, sex differences, political, social,
international, philosophical, anthropological, and cultural studies
of men and women.