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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students examine the history of sexualities in Australia. How did the state regulate sexuality? Why were some forms of sexuality criminalized? What generated moral panics over sexuality? What role did the press play in sex scandals? How has courtship and marriage changed? We consider birth control, sexual violence, the influence of sexology, the formation of sexual sub-cultures and sexual liberation movements and nationalism, race and sexuality. Through analysing debates about sexuality, we examine notions of transgression, 'deviance', 'perversion', power and resistance. Students will conduct a research project based on historical documents gaining valuable research skills.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRuth Ford

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites 30 credit points of first-year history or coordinator's approval


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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe Sex Lives of Australians: A HistoryPrescribedBongiorno, FBLACK INC, 2012
ReadingsHistories of SexualityPreliminaryGarton, S.EQUINOX 2004
ReadingsMaking Sexual HistoryPreliminaryWeeks, J.POLITY PRESS 2000

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