2023-2024 / ANTH0375-1

Anthropology of Contemporary Worlds


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in anthropology (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 


Guy Massart

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims to introduce the methodological and epistemological developments in the anthropology of gender since the mid-20th century. Particular attention will be paid to masculinities in various geographic areas and in a diversity of domains: popular music, family, sexual, man-animal and political relations. At the same time, it is about questioning our own socio-cultural universe of reference and critically understanding the positions that the anthropologist is led to assume in the field. The approach will be both theoretical and practical and will include:

  • Analysis of certain key works in anthropological literature and gender studies and sexuality and their impact on the discipline;
  • A dual focus on the ethnography of masculinities and feminist anthropology;
  • The use of the photographic tool as an instrument for analysis and production of ethnographic materials.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course aims to provide students with examples of ethnographic analyzes as well as the theoretical evolution of the gender question in anthropology. These perspectives should allow us to question our own contemporary worlds of reference. Familiarization with photographic practice in ethnography.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A good command of the history of Anglo-Saxon and French anthropologies, as well as a good command of written English (needed to read texts in English).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course will include eight lessons divided into the presentation of ethnographic cases and history of gender anthropology, and two sessions of debate and sharing of ethnographic material produced by the students. Students will devote eight hours to photographic field work.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face to face; compulsory readings; fieldwork.

The students that are not able to follow the course, for example for reasons of work, are kindly asked to contact the lecturer.

Recommended or required readings

A reference bibliography will be available via MyULg. Some of this reading is required and necessary for class discussions. The teaching presentation sessions will be accompanied by slides shared on Myulg.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Student evaluation is based on the following modalities:


  • Participation in activities;
  • Two short assignments during the year: a report on a chosen article, a series of 5 to 7 photographs
  • Final exam: Reflective work on the impact of the themes covered in the course. Discussions with the teacher.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Sessions take place in the first semester.



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