WGSS 301
Sexual Economies Fall 2014
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed AMST 334 / WGSS 301 / ANTH 301
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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.)
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1804
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: mid-term essay, an 8- to 10-page final research paper, field trip reaction paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: WGSS majors; short statement of interest
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 334 Division II WGSS 301 Division II ANTH 301 Division II

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