Sexuality in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Britain (HIH3595)

30 credits

In this module you will explore how sexuality was perceived through the 19th and 20th centuries. You will investigate the concept of ‘sexuality’ and how it has developed over time taking the approach that sexuality is not a ‘natural’ given, but is a construct which has been controlled by society.  You will look in particular at key themes such as the understanding of biological and sexual differences, the perception of sexual identity, changes in attitudes towards sexual behaviour.  Your lectures and seminars will explore topics such as sexual violence, homosexuality and heterosexuality, sexual identity and the ‘human self’, birth control and sexually transmitted diseases.