ANTH1AA3 McMaster Sex & Gender How To Overcome Bias In Culture

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McMaster University ANTH 1AA3 Winter 2019 Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Gilmour Introduction to Anthropology: Sex, Food, Death Choose 2/3 Essay Assignments Due Feb 5th, March 5th, and/or April 2nd (depending on your choice) Each Assignment /25 Goal: Critically think about anthropological concepts related to sex, food, and death. How do these apply to your life? Can you discuss these topics from an anthropological perspective? Demonstrate your knowledge and your insight by completing 2/3 of the following short-essay assignments. Instructions: Choose two of the three essay themes below (Biocultural Evolution, Sex & Gender, and/or Food & Social Determinants of Health) to write your assignment on. Note that each theme corresponds to a different due date! Once you have chosen your main themes, write your short-essay assignment to answer either option A or B (NOT both). Options A and B have been included as inspiration and examples for you to use during your writing. While some of your essay will be opinion based, you should draw on examples and information provided in the assigned popular-articles, lecture, your textbook, as well as at least one external, peer-reviewed resource to back up your facts, ideas, and interpretations. Formatting Specifics: Each essay must be ~1500wds. The text must be type-written, double spaced, and in Times New Roman 12 point font. Margins must be set at 1 inch (2.5cm). Please number your pages. Make sure that your name, student number, and TA’s name are included. Please write in essay and paragraph format. Proof-read for spelling and grammar errors before submission. Divide your writing into clear paragraphs, each centered on a single theme. Do NOT use slang, conjunctions (e.g., isn’t, weren’t, they’re), or text-speak (e.g., 2, u, lol). Define any new terms you are using. Grades will be assigned for writing competence. 1 McMaster University ANTH 1AA3 Winter 2019 Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Gilmour CHOOSE TWO OF OPTIONS BELOW: Option 1) Biocultural Evolution Due Feb 5th What does ‘biocultural’ mean? Choose one of the following articles/case studies to help you explain and further investigate how humans are biocultural beings, especially in the context of how both biological and cultural processes have (and continue) to contribute to our evolution. Remember to do some peer-reviewed research (use at least one peer-reviewed article) to back up your facts, ideas, and interpretations. A) Agriculture-evolution OR B) Communication-evolution Option 2) Sex & Gender Due March 5th Choose one of the following articles/case studies and use it to consider, evaluate, and discuss how cultural conventions can influence gendered identities and roles. Use your chosen pop-sci article as inspiration for your essay. As you read this pop-sci article, think about how your own experiences, and your own cultural background may influence how you perceive gendered roles. Reflect on these in your writing. That is, think like an anthropologist and work to recognise and describe your cultural bias. Be objective. How can you overcome this bias? This essay is a combined research and reflection piece. Although your essay will be partly based on personal experience and opinion, I expect you to do some peer-reviewed research to back up your facts, ideas, and interpretations. A) OR B) Option 3) Health and Food Due April 2nd Use the following article as inspiration for and examples to discuss how culture influences what, how, and/or when we eat. In your essay, demonstrate your food-culture knowledge by reflecting on your own diet and food-norms. Work to identify at least one of your food/eating habits that is governed by your cultural background. Think holistically and do some research to explain why this practice (or perhaps even food taboo!) exists. In some cases, you may instead prefer to discuss social determinants of health as they relate to nutrition. Although your essay will be based in personal experience and reflection, I expect you to do some peer-reviewed research to back up your facts, ideas, and interpretations. A) Insect Eating OR B) Food Insecurity 2 McMaster University ANTH 1AA3 Winter 2019 Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Gilmour References: Use APA citation style to cite your text, lectures, news article, and journal articles (original and supporting), as well as any other supporting information. You must include in-text citations and a reference list in APA style. You may also use and integrate additional relevant and reliable sources. If you are unsure, please contact your TA. There are various library resources available to help you learn to cite correctly (e.g., ) Citation examples: Scholarly Journal Article: Smith, A.B. (2018). Evolution and physical anthropology: new findings. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 127(1), 345-347. Book: Keenleyside, A., & Lazenby, R. (2015). A human voyage: Exploring biological anthropology. Toronto: Nelson Education. Lecture: Gilmour, R. (2018). Evolution: Facts, proofs, theories, & myths [PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from Submitting your Assignment: Your assignment is due in the correct Avenue to Learn Assignment drop-boxes on each respective due date (see due dates in Option list above). Any assignment submitted later than the due date/time will be considered one day late and will be penalized 15% per day for each day (including weekends) that your assignment is late. Assignments more than five days late will not be accepted. File Format: Word and pdf documents are acceptable. Do NOT submit your assignment as a .pages file – it cannot be read by Avenue or your TA and may result in late marks. 3 McMaster University ANTH 1AA3 Winter 2019 Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Gilmour Academic dishonesty: You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at . The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty: 1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained. 2. Improper collaboration in group work. 3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations. Plagiarism detection software will be used to assess the originality of your submitted assignments. 4 McMaster University ANTH 1AA3 Winter 2019 Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Gilmour Marking Scheme: Formatting The essay is formatted as per the assignment guidelines (e.g., double spaced, page numbers, correct font and size, etc.). Please refer to the assignment guidelines. /2 Style & Structure: The observations, arguments, and content should be well organized and laid out, with a clear and logical flow. The content should be focused and presented in a clear and coherent manner. The assignment should be carefully constructed, with attention paid to ensuring the writing is free of spelling/grammar errors and uses proper paragraph structure. The content should be focused and presented in a clear and coherent manner. The writing should avoid the use of conjunctions (e.g., weren’t, aren’t), text-language (e.g., u, 2, lol), and other colloquialisms and slang. /6 Content & Critical Reflection The assignment demonstrates that the student has an excellent grasp of the anthropological thought, questions, and themes. The presented information and critique is thoughtful and insightful. When facts and supporting arguments are introduced, they are logical and based on correct and factual information. An outstanding critique will also use reliable information presented in other appropriate, supporting material (i.e., other than lectures and the text). Referencing: Appropriate and correct use of citations both in-text and in the references cited. References adhere to APA style. TOTAL /12 /5 /25 5

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Running head: SEX AND GENDER


Sex and Gender
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Sex and Gender

Across the globe, different societies have set standards for both male and female genders that are
acceptable to them. As such, there are the roles that have been set aside for male and female
genders from which creates the identity of men and women. In most cases, men are given the
roles of undertaking the difficult tasks in the society while women are considered lesser in
masculinity are given the role of undertaking minor tasks. This is the same case in the sporting
world where there are sports considered to be male oriented, and women should not take part in
the same. This paper shall be evaluating the article by Brownell & Niko (2016) where they give a
review of the rugby culture in Fiji. Through the article, the paper shall be reflecting on the issue
of gender-based cultural bias as it is in most of the communities today. Recommendations on
how to overcome gender bias shall also be made.
The definition and understanding of culture in this context would be of great importance towards
tackling the issue at hand. Culture refers to the collective beliefs that distinguish members of one
group from the other. The distinctive characteristics, therefore, enables one to tell the differences
between different groups. In society, what differentiates men from women are the roles that each
play in life. There is the notion that certain duties are meant to be accomplished by men while
others are to be done by women.
The 21st century has seen the subject of gender equality raise different opinions from different
platforms. Though some of the people may argue that the issue has been highly politicized,
others view it as a wakeup call on the perception that different people have regarding the role of



men and women in the society. Women activists are of the opinion that women have the ability
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