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GEOG3064 Sexuality in the City

Module Overview

The Sexuality and the City module covers a range of current and historical issues related to sexual identities, sexual practices, and their relationships with urban space. The topics presented, which range from the emergence of the red-light districts to the marketing of gay villages, criss-cross the boundaries of social, economic, and health geography. Students in the course will have the opportunity to become experts in their sub-field of choice by preparing two linked papers, one theoretical and one empirical.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The purpose of Sexuality and the City module is to familiarise students with the way sin which sexual identifies and practices shape, and are shaped but, urban spaces such as the park, the health clinic, and the central business district. Students will gain an appreciation for sexuality as one of the human subjectivities that informs how we relate to the places we encounter and how we imprint our identifies upon them.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the ways in which urban institutions regulate human sexuality
  • Identify the ways in which sexuality is commodified to promote urban growth
  • Recognize theories and categories of sexual identity, and relate them to urban phenomena
  • Appreciate the visibilities and invisibilities of sexuality in suburban and peri-urban areas
  • Relate the development and regulation of sexual identity to human health and well-being


The content of the course includes a variety of topics in the urban geographies of sexuality. These include: theories and methodologies in geographies of sexualities; the development, evolution, regulation, and globalisation of sex work; sexual activism and sexual-identity activism in the city; the growth and decline of sexual and gendered spaces such as gay villages, the dynamics of sexual health risks and promotion efforts in the city, sexualities in the suburban and rural milieu, and the impact of technologies (e.g., social media) on urban sexualities.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This consists of 8 3-hour lectures and 3 2-hour seminars, which will be dedicated to paper preparation, research case studies and skills, and movies/discussions. These may be reconfigured due to timetabling requirements. Lectures and seminars will provide both the imaginative fodder and the theoretical and methodological know-how needed to complete the two required papers. These papers, the first a literature-based review and the second an empirical investigation, are the cornerstone of the course. Through both class participation and independently scheduled meetings, students will have the opportunity to develop and refine an original research project over the course of the semester. Consistent engagement with the course material is critical to success in this two-paper project.

Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. Articles will be provided weekly in PDF format; relevant data sources for the empirical paper will be provided at the outset of the course and revisited after completion of the review paper.



Paper proposal


MethodPercentage contribution
Empirical Paper 60%
Review paper 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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