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HDCB01082U DCC Gender and Sexuality
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Study Board of Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek
& Latin, History
SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek &
Per Methner Rasmussen (3-757277456d7a7233707a336970)
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Danish Culture Courses
Cultures of Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth Century
Sexuality and gender is more than biology. They are cultures and
they have histories which make them worth of scholarly exploration.
Scandinavia has a reputation for being liberal, or indeed
emancipated, when it comes to sex and gender. A history some
applauds and others criticize for having gone off the edge, leading
some anti-prostitution activists to dub Denmark ’Brothel of the
In this course we will explore gender and sexuality in
Scandinavia and internationally through historical investigations
of contemporary questions. Issues around homosexuality,
pornography, children’s sexuality, prostitution, STDs, masculinity,
and women’s liberation have flourished throughout last century. We
will discuss these and others, aiming to understand the historical
and cultural roots of comtemporary debates.
We will aim to understand scholarly debates around questions
such as essentialism versus constructionism, queer theory,
political uses of scholarly research, and censorship.
The course will consist of 10 lectures and two excursion where
we visit activist organizations and a cultural historical
exhibition. We will also be screening significant Danish movies,
dealing with the topics of sexuality and gender.
NB. We will deal with pornography in a scholarly manner, and no
one will be shown images they do not want to see. A warning will
always be given before dealing with potentially offensive