Archaeology and the Battle of the Sexes
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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Relationships between men and women are as old as humanity itself and it is easy to assume that they haven’t changed much in all that time. But is this really the case? Through a series of case studies crossing two thousand years of Mediterranean history, this course will seek to answer that question. To achieve this, it will discuss how gender studies can help us understand better the material culture and will address the influence of gender studies in European prehistory, the Mediterranean, Mesoamerica, Classical Greece and Italy and Medieval Europe. More specifically, the course will address issues such as the construction of gender, “gender crossers”, notions of identity, agency, childhood and old age, the body, houses and gender, social complexity and gender. It will also approach the issue of gender through a variety of material evidence such as art and iconography, burials, houses, pottery and textile production, as well as literary evidence.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in archaeology and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Exploring the Past pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Blackboard.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a 500-word review of an article or book chapter and a 1000-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
- Conkey, M.W. & J. Spector. 1984.
- Archaeology and the Study of Gender. Archaeological Method and Theory 7: 1-38. (an oft-cited article!) reprinted in Hayes-Gilpin, K. & D.S. Whitley (eds) 1998. Reader in Gender Archaeology. London:Routledge.
- Diaz-Andreu, M. et al. (eds). 2005. Archaeology of Identity: Approaches to Gender, Age, Status, Ethnicity and Religion. (read the chapter on gender)
- Gero, J.M. & M.W. Conkey (eds.). 1991. Engendering Archaeology: Women and Prehistory. Oxford:Blackwell
- Gilchrist, R. 1999. Gender and Archaeology: Contesting the Past. London:Routledge.
- Klein, L.F. 2004. Women and Men in World Cultures. McGrawHill:NY. (an anthropological perspective on gender)
- Moore, H.L. 1988. Feminism and Anthropology. Cambridge: Polity Press.
- Ortner, S. 1996. Making Gender: The Politics and Erotics of Culture. Boston MA:Beacon Press.
- Price, J. & M. Schildrick (eds). 1999. Feminist Theory and the Body: A Reader. London.
- Sorensen, M L. 2000. Gender Archaeology. London.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
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