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Archaeology of masculinity

September 22, 2010


When I began teaching archaeology of sex and gender as an interdisciplinary course, I had two expectations about who would take the course that simply have not held up over time. The first was that I expected to see a lot of women’s and gender studies students take the course. In fact, students from these […]

Back to school: Teaching archaeology of sex and gender

September 21, 2010


I started this blog for one reason: to create a space in support of people like me who have been teaching the archaeology of sex and gender. My book, Ancient Bodies, Ancient Lives, was written as a tangible product of the rewarding experience of teaching the course I developed at Berkeley, Letters & Sciences 180A: […]

Older women, older men

August 25, 2010


The article on naturenews online is headlined ‘Grandmother Hypothesis’ Takes a Hit. The punchline? researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology constructed computer simulations intended to test University of Utah anthropologist Kristen Hawkes’ decades-old proposal that human longevity is an evolutionary consequence of the adaptive advantage conferred by having older women– “grandmothers”– available […]

Transforming archaeology through learning about sex and gender: final reflection papers

May 18, 2010


The final reflection paper, unlike a research paper or project, asked students to integrate what they saw as key themes of the course, relating them to a book they had read independently. While these papers are too long to post in their entirety, it may be helpful to consider what made for an excellent final […]

Sex Work on the Barbary Coast: Anatomy of a Final Group Project

May 17, 2010


How do students develop an outstanding final group project? My example here is from spring 2008, research culminating in a video made by the students in the section as they walked through San Francisco’s Barbary Coast, locating buildings that served as brothels and streets that were once centers of sex work. San Francisco’s Historical Society […]

Final reflection paper

May 16, 2010


The assignments in “Archaeology of sex and gender” build gradually to give students experience in reviewing the scholarly literature already selected for the course; finding new scholarly literature on a topic of interest to them; working with others to develop and present additional course content; and finally, in what I call a reflection paper, synthesize […]

Sex and gender: what makes for a successful final project?

May 13, 2010


Ideally, a student final project proposal would show a degree of understanding of concepts presented in the class, but would extend them in some way. For my project, I would like to learn more about the galli of ancient Rome, whom I read about in my article for Project Benchmark I. They are interesting because […]