WGSS 301 Fall 2014 Sexual Economies (D)

Cross Listed as ANTH301, AMST334
This course examines various forms of sexual labor in a variety of global contexts with an emphasis on contemporary anthropological and sociological research and its implications for public policy. Our topics include: (a) traditional sex work (e.g., pornography, escorting, street prostitution, brothels, sex tourism), (b) sexualized labor without physical contact (e.g., stripping, burlesque, phone/online sex), and also (c) contemporary debates about sex trafficking and sex worker migration. Because of our ethnographic focus, the readings for this class will frequently foreground the lived experiences of sex workers from a variety of nations, races, classes, and backgrounds in order to explore the broader social implications of our subject matter. A key component of this course is a field trip to New York City to meet with sex workers and sex worker rights advocates. (Note: students should be advised that we will necessarily encounter and discuss adult content and images that some may find offensive.)
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: mid-term essay, an 8- to 10-page final research paper, field trip reaction paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: WGSS majors; short statement of interest
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1804
WGSS 301 - 01 (F) SEM Sexual Economies (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Gregory C. Mitchell
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Griffin 1 1804
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