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ANTH3002 Sexuality & Intimacy

Module Overview

This module is concerned with different anthropological and sociological approaches to studying two important areas of human experience, namely sexuality and intimacy. We explore the relationship between sex, love and intimacy, taking into consideration the importance of gender and culture. We also examine friendship and consider to what extent we choose our friends. Other topics include sexual identities, the cultural construction of same-gender sexual relations and transgender, HIV/AIDS, sex tourism, and pornography. These topics are explored using a wide range of cross-cultural as well as British examples.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- To critically examine anthropological theories of sexuality and intimacy. - To explore the historical and cultural constructions of sexuality and intimacy. - To consider the nature of power relations and its implications for identity in the areas of sexuality and intimacy.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compare, contrast and critically assess essentialism and constructionism.
  • Be competent in the use of theoretical perspectives and concepts in anthropology and be able to apply them specifically to the areas of sexuality and intimacy.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the application of these approaches to specific areas of social research on sexuality and intimacy.
  • Critically apply sociological concepts to contemporary issues in sexuality and intimacy.
  • Demonstrate your written communication skills.
  • Consolidate your critical evaluation skills.
  • Consolidate your skills of comparative analysis.
  • Further develop your information gathering skills for the collection of appropriate material (print and electronic) for assignments.
  • Identify, select and evaluate appropriate data and evidence from social science sources and present conclusions in an appropriate format.
  • Recognise and formulate social science questions.

Syllabus

This module is concerned with different anthropological and sociological approaches to studying two important areas of human experience, namely sexuality and intimacy. We explore the relationship between sex, love and intimacy, taking into consideration the importance of gender and culture. We also examine friendship and consider to what extent we choose our friends. Other topics include sexual identities, the cultural construction of same-gender sexual relations and transgender, HIV/AIDS, sex tourism, and pornography. These topics are explored using a wide range of cross cultural as well as British examples.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Seidman, S, Fischer, N and Meeks, C (eds) (2001). Introducing the New Sexuality Studies: OriginalEssays and Interviews. 

Weeks, J, Holland, J and Waites, M (eds) (2003). Sexualities and Society: A Reader. 

Parker, R and Aggleton, P (2007). Culture, Society and Sexuality: A Reader. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 60%
Review paper  (1500 words) 40%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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