Sexual Revolution

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Sexual Revolution

Summer 2019

Taught By: Claire Potter

Section: A

CRN: 1894

Credits: 3

Why did public sexuality, sexual subcultures, and previously unconventional sexual arrangements flourish in the United States after World War II? What did it mean to move sexual expression into the public sphere? How did Americans come to act on their desires for sexual autonomy, and what implications did that have for religion, politics, and domestic life? Did a "sexual revolution" liberate all Americans equally, regardless of class, race, or gender? After a brief survey of the emergence of modern sexuality, this class focuses on ideological shifts in North American sexualities that changed not just habits and taboos but laws. We examine the emergence of expert knowledge about sex and of media that popularized scientific theories and look at the ways other human rights movements (feminism, civil rights, gay liberation) put pressure on the state and on religious institutions that sought to uphold heteronormative citizenship and control unruly bodies. We also look at the ways Americans drew on, fantasized about, colonized, and sought to emulate global sexual cultures. Each class session is organized around a set of primary sources, films, and images and secondary texts that help students understand the contests over sexuality that have articulated, defined, and sometimes constrained notions of sexual freedom.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:35pm 10/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Online Course

Room: TBD

Date Range: 6/3/2019 - 8/4/2019