Introduction to sex, gender and sexuality

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to sex, gender and sexuality

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Women's and Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    WGS211, ANT222, HIS223 or home university equivalent.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes
    At the end of this module students should understand and be able to explain the difference between sex and gender. Students should also understand and be able to explain what it means to say that gender is a performance and that gender is a social construct built around power inequalities rather than a biological given built around ?natural? differences. Students should be familiar with critiques of the dichotomy of sex and understand that many people do not fit simply into these dichotomies, and that gender identities intersect in complex ways with other forms of identity such as race, sexuality, class, ethnicity etc. Students should be able to articulate their position on these issues through the construction of a sustained argument

    Main Content
    An exploration of the social meanings ascribed to biological sex; intesectionality and power dynamics expressed through the performativity of gender; heteronormativity; transexuality; transegender; intersex; social constructionsim versus essentialism

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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