Sexuality Wmn's & Gndr Studies 162 - History of Sexuality in the U.S.

U.S.History of Sexuality

Jen Manion

W/F | 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM

Amherst College

(Offered as HIST 162 [US/TC/TR/TS] and SWAG 162) Sexuality is a product of history and culture. This course will survey sex throughout United States history in relation to the various discourses of power and difference that have given it meaning, such as class, ethnicity, gender, race, and religion. Topics covered include the legal and social history of marriage, sex education, sexuality and the family during and after slavery, masculinity and the Western frontier, sexology and the invention of homosexuality, the making of urban gay subcultures, feminism and sexual liberation, the politics of abortion, HIV/AIDS, the LGBT rights movement, and the transgender revolution. We will consider the ways in which the study of sexuality creates opportunities to re-think major themes in U.S. social, cultural, and political history, with emphasis on the history of medicine, the history of social change, and the history of the family.

Two class meetings per week. Limited to 30 students with 10 seats reserved for first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Manion.

How to handle overenrollment: priority to first and second year students

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on reading, writing papers, and working together in small groups.

Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.