GQS 310

Histories and Theories of Sexuality

What does it mean to study sexuality? Does it change over time and space? How does identity affect sexuality? This seminar course addresses these and other questions through an interdisciplinary approach that draws on theoretical perspectives from cultural studies, history, science, sociology, and anthropology. The course pays particular attention to how the category "sexuality" relates to concepts of race, gender, nation, class, globalization, and politics. Through authors such as the Marquis de Sade, Freud, Malinowski, Foucault, Butler, and others, the course explores how terms such as "women" and "men," "femininity" and "masculinity," as well as "homosexuality" and "heterosexuality" have structured people's experiences and their perceptions of sexuality at large and the central position it occupies within culture. The course first covers some critical readings from feminist, queer, and scientific perspectives in relation to sexuality. Then, armed with these tools, students address key topics in the field around science and sexology, histories of sexuality, reproductive politics, queer theory and pedagogy, health, hook-up culture, body modification, sexual harassment and #MeToo, and global issues in sexuality.

Prerequisites: GQS 201