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Global Family & Sexual Politics

This class will examine how globalization affects the ways in which family and sexualities are imagined, regulated and experienced through a sociological lens. The course engages major political debates on global issues of sexual diversity, HIV/AIDS, transracial and transnational families and inequality; gay/lesbian and transgendered identities; marriage—same‐sex, polygamous, and arranged forms; abstinence and sex education; and contraception and abortion. We will engage in cooperative activities, such as listening practices, short writing exercises relating to lecture materials, and group exercises to apply course materials to ʺreal lifeʺ situations and/or to new problems relating to globalized forms of sexuality and family life.

SOCIOL 4UU3

Global Family & Sexual Politics

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Winter Offered?: Yes

This class will examine how globalization affects the ways in which family and sexualities are imagined, regulated and experienced through a sociological lens. The course engages major political debates on global issues of sexual diversity, HIV/AIDS, transracial and transnational families and inequality; gay/lesbian and transgendered identities; marriage—same‐sex, polygamous, and arranged forms; abstinence and sex education; and contraception and abortion. We will engage in cooperative activities, such as listening practices, short writing exercises relating to lecture materials, and group exercises to apply course materials to ʺreal lifeʺ situations and/or to new problems relating to globalized forms of sexuality and family life.


Melanie Heath

Associate Professor | Graduate Chair of the Department of Sociology

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV Honours Sociology or permission of the department.