History of Sexuality in EuropeSemester Course

History of sexuality
Major Discipline(s)
Gender Studies, History, Sociology
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

The past “century of sex” in Europe has taken us from prudish morals to sexual liberation in the 1960s, recognition of same sex partnerships, internet dating, and heated debates about sexual norms and rights in a multicultural Europe. While sexuality is often considered a private matter, state regulations, church teachings, mass media, and popular culture regulates and shape our sexuality in various ways. Looking at topics such as reproductive- and LGBTQIA* rights, sexual education and pornography, we discover how sexual norms and behaviors are intimately woven into 20th century European history, and explore how our own sexualities are shaped by history.