Bodies, Sexuality, and Selves

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Bodies, Sexuality, and Selves

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Gender Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Experiences of bodies, sexuality and identity, and the connections between them, in contemporary and historical settings, using New Zealand and international examples.

    This paper explores connections between gender, bodies, sexualities and identities. We ask how gender affects our experiences and how sex can be understood as a social phenomenon, rather than merely an individual one. We look at the past and present and speculate on the future. The course looks at a range of viewpoints and case studies, examining such issues as the representation and regulation of bodies; reproductive bodies; socially ambiguous bodies; old and new forms of sexual identity and practice; debates around sexual morality; and cybersex. We also ask questions about the broader political significance of these issues.

    Teaching Arrangements
    There are two lectures per week and a weekly tutorial.

    Course Structure.
    Key topics:
    - Social bodies
    - Reproduction
    - Histories of sexuality
    - Contemporary debates around sexuality

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the paper students should have a grasp of some of the complex interrelationships between bodies, sexualities and the construction of the self. Most importantly, students should have developed the ability to read critically and to articulate their ideas both verbally and in written form.

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