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Leila Madge
ANTH 469
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.

Class description

This course explores literary, religious, legal, scientific-medical, and popular representations of gender and sexuality in Japanese history, often in relation to those of Anglo-American and European cultures. Lectures and readings introduce theoretical issues as well as covering a broad sweep of the past, starting in the medieval era and stretching up until present day Japan. As such, students will be encouraged to use the case of Japan to develop ideas about gender and sexuality cross-culturally and in the state of the world today.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion based on written and visual materials (video). Class lectures complement rather than reiterate readings.

Recommended preparation

There is quite a substantial reading load that students must be willing and able to undertake. Exams involve essays so students will be expected to be able to convey their thoughts clearly in written form. Students should also be prepared to actively participate in class discussion.

Class assignments and grading

Essay exams on lectures and readings and in-class quizzes on reading assignments.

70% of the grade will be based on two essay exams which represent five weeks of course material (and 35% of the final grade)each. 30% will be based on quiz grades, reading notes, and class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Leila Madge
Date: 11/04/2003