Tanzania - ANT335H5F: Anthropology of Gender


Applications for this course are now closed. Check back with us on January 22, 2018 for more opportunities and sign up for our Newsletter!

The Trip

The Gender in Development program immerses participants in Tanzania’s rich cultural landscape for a hands-on experience of how notions of gender are both locally situated and also shaped by global, religious, and different cultural influences. From the urban metropolis of Dar es Salaam to the rural settlements of the Serengeti and Old Town on the island of Zanzibar, we will explore how local understandings of femininity and masculinity have been shaped historically by mainland African, (transoceanic) Arab, and British colonial traditions, and how gender roles are renegotiated in contemporary Tanzania.

Upon arrival, we’ll orient ourselves with good food, language emergence, and a few meetings with local officials and NGO’s to learn about the country’s cultural, socio-economic and political context. Next, we’ll journey West to the regions of Kilimanjaro and Arusha where we’ll work alongside Femme International to explore how women in Tanzania’s Chagga and Masai communities are confronting gender inequality. Subsequently, we will immerse ourselves in family homestays while participating in workshops and small-scale community-based development projects initiated by local women. Finally, we’ll return to the coast and visit the historical capital of Zanzibar. Amongst the narrow alleyways and bazaars of Old Town, we will study the mixture of Arab, Indian, and Swahili influences to experience, yet again, different notions of gender and gender roles. While in Zanzibar, we will reflect upon our experiences in Tanzania; we will discuss lessons learned and share stories in preparation for the return journey home.

The combination of hands-on projects, cultural immersion, and adventure will provide an incomparable space for us to challenge ourselves and each other while reflecting on the links between gender, culture, (colonial) history, and notions of social justice.

Activities Include:

  • Swahili lessons (local language);
  • Travel to Kilimanjaro and Arusha and work alongside Femme International to learn how women are confronting gender inequality;
  • Immerse yourself in family homestays;
  • Visit the island of Zanzibar where you'll experience notions of gender, different from the Tanzanian mainland.

Click here for a detailed itinerary.

Why Participate?

  • Travel and experience the unique culture Tanzania has to offer;
  • Learn about the diversity in culture that exists in East Africa and their influences on gender;
  • Explore a variety of locations ranging from urban cities to islands with gorgeous sceneries;
  • Add international travel and learning experience to your resume;
  • Connect with your classmates and the professor.

Important Details

Dates: Saturday, October 7th, 2017 (depart)  - Sunday, October 15th, 2017 (return)

Estimated cost*: CAD$3700-3950

*Funding available to UTM students for up to half the cost of the international component based on financial need. Click here to learn more.

Selection criteria: Students must be enrolled in ANT335H5F or any ANT course to participate and will be required to abide by the application requirements and deadlines.  

Important Dates

Date Description
Friday, May 19, 2017 Applications Open
Monday, July 10, 2017 Applications Close
Monday, July 24, 2017 Second Instalment Due
Monday, August 7, 2017 Third Instalment Due
Monday, August 21, 2017 Fourth Instalment Due
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 6:00-7:30pm DV3138 Pre-Departure Session
Monday, September 11, 2017 Fifth Instalment Due
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 12-2pm DV3130 Mandatory Safety Abroad Workshop
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 6:00-7:30pm DV3138 Second Pre-Departure Session
Saturday, October 7, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017 Travel Dates
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 6:00-7:30pm DV3138 Post-Trip Session

Need To Know

  • The cost and itinerary are subject to change;
  • Students must be enrolled in ANT335H5F and will be required to abide by the corresponding UTM Abroad application requirements and deadlines to participate in the international experience; 
  • Fees must be paid in full by the required deadlines;
  • To prepare for the trip, students attending will participate in a mandatory pre-departure and safety abroad session during the month of September.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS COURSE ARE NOW CLOSED. Check back with us on January 22, 2018 for more opportunities or contact us at utmabroad@utoronto.ca should you want more information