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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 144 Making Sex: Histories of Sexuality

This course starts from the assumption that sex, like any other human activity, is a social, and therefore historical, phenomenon that is shaped by culture, politics, and society rather than biologically based. Using a historical approach, this course will explore how societies across the world, from Antiquity to the present, have constructed sexuality and sexual identities; how they have regulated sexual behavior; and how people have evaded, resisted, and accommodated this regulation.