Sex and Scandal in History

Course code HIST3581
Not available in 2015

Description

This course will examine the history of sexuality from the Victorians to the present. We will explore the range of changing behaviours, practices and identities in Australia, Europe and the Empire, including a consideration of homosexuality, heterosexuality and queer. We will think about an ideal "normal" sexuality, and what was and is considered perverse, deviant and dangerous. We will examine shifts and changes in sexuality over time, and consider the ways that sexuality was constructed. Finally, we will consider the multiple ways that sex moves beyond the bedroom and into the public world, forming and permeating social, cultural and political frameworks.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain why sexuality is an important category of historical analysis.

2. Outline dominant understandings of the body and sexuality.

3. Pinpoint moments of sexual crisis within this timeframe.

4. Explain how these historical moments reflect upon and interact with the present.

5. Evaluate information, ideas, and arguments including those of diverse cultural assumptions

6. Develop advanced research, writing and information literacy skills relevant to history.

7. Develop the ability to communicate orally at an advanced undergraduate level in a large discussion group.

Content

A range of topics will be considered chronologically in European, Australian and imperial history. In particular, we will examine concepts of "normality" and the scandals that rocked these ideals.
These may include heterosexuality, homosexuality; queer sexuality, the idea of the "sex pervert"; prostitution; sex education; rape; venereal disease; HIV/AIDS and race relations.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HIST3580. Students who have successfully completed HIST3580 are not eligible to enrol in HIST3581.

Assumed Knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level, or 10 units in History and 10 units in English, Gender Studies or Film, Media and Cultural Studies.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

In Term Test: Examination: Take Home

Participation: Tutorial participation and contribution to class discussion and debate

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term