Gender Studies | Institutions, Policy, and Gender Relations
G399 | 2743 | Jones, Geordie


Institutions, Policy, and Gender Relations examines the regulation
of sexuality since the nineteenth century, focusing in particular on
two issues—homosexuality and prostitution.  By looking at how
various cultures have attempted to regulate and police these spheres
of sexuality, students will be introduced to important ideas about
sexuality as a political issue.  How, Why, where and when did
sexuality move into the public sphere?  Why has sexuality been such
a highly contested legal and political issue since the nineteenth
century and why does it continue to be so problematic in
contemporary America?  By looking into these types of questions,
this course examines how ideas about and anxieties surrounding
sexuality, gender and power both construct and are constructed by
institutions, policies, legislation and culture.