Subject details

At the completion of this subject you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the development of gendered relations in the Asian region.
  2. Recognise the complex relationships between socio-cultural value systems, ideological change and gendered issues.
  3. Critically examine complex concepts and underlying assumptions related to what it means to be a man or a woman in Asian societies.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of changes in gendered relations brought about by economic, political and socio-cultural changes.
    • Introduction: culture and gender in anthropological theory
    • Men and representations of women in Asian myth and doctrine
    • Patrilineal societies: China and Bali; Fraternal polyandry: Tibet
    • Matrilineal and bilateral kinship systems in Asia
    • Women in classless and stateless societies
    • Gender and class in traditional state societies
    • Gender experiences under colonialism and revolution
    • Men and representations of women in modern Asian societies
    • The family and population policy: China, SE Asia, Japan
    • Socio-political transition, economic transformation and gendered labour
    • On the margins: Men, prostitutes, hawkers, domestic service
    • Gender, aid and development
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Print materials

      • Book of readings
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming


Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines the role and status of women in Asian societies. It considers representations of the masculine and feminine from traditional culture to contemporary society. Emphasis will be placed on the implications for women of current social and economic changes in the region including government policies affecting reproduction and the family, women's involvement in subsistence agriculture, industry and the development process. Autobiography and film will be used to supplement anthropological and sociological studies.

  • Concept review and essay (40%)
  • Topics 1-4 (10%)
  • Forum Discusison/Summaries (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam - Short answer questions (30%)

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