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Sex Crimes, Sex Panics

Semester and Year SP 2015
Course Number IDSEM-UG1777
Section 001
Instructor Cyd Cipolla
Days M
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM



The idea of the incorrigible sexual monster still lingers in the discourses of medicine and law. This fact is never plainer than in the moments of crisis and panic following revelations of sexual misconduct. Through analysis of historical case studies and discussion of recent events, students in this class will explore ways that sexuality has been criminalized (and decriminalized) and pathologized (and depathologized). Students will choose one case study and prepare a final research project on this case. Readings include works by Gayle Rubin, Michel Foucault, Cesar Lombroso, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Ann Fausto-Sterling, Stanley Cohen, and Nicole Hahn Rafter.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)