HIS 214 The Global History of Sexuality (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the scholarly study of the global history of sexuality. Its main focus is to help students develop an understanding of ancient Greek and Roman societies based on comparisons with African and Indian societies of the Early Modern and Modern periods. Students will reflect on the influence of Western society on non-Western cultures. They will explore the changing ways that individuals, moral authorities, the tribe/state and scientific experts have conceptualized sexuality and gender. Topics covered include: age and rites of passage; childhood and adulthood; marriage; conception, birth, infanticide; the family; love; male and female homosexuality; women and property; and sex and politics.