Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course will examine the history of sexuality from antiquity to the present. We will explore the range of changing behaviours, practices and identities in Australia, Europe and the West, 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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2016.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


A range of topics will be considered chronologically in European, Australian and Western 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 and HIV/AIDS.


This course replaces HIST3580. If you have successfully completed HIST3580 you cannot enrol in this course.

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

Participation: Tutorial participation and contribution to class discussion and debate