Netherlands, Amsterdam

Introduction to Sexuality Studies

when 19 June 2016 - 7 July 2016
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1525

Sexuality and gender define what it is to be human: they are at the core of our existence. But how does society define and reinforce these concepts? How do these concepts impact our relationships within society, and what analytical tools have been developed to study their role in social and familial relationships?
This three-week summer course provides an excellent interdisciplinary introduction to the important debates around sexuality and gender in the social sciences. Students will be equipped with the analytical tools to study these themes critically and reflexively.

>> contact the GSSS Summer Programmes Office for more information: +31 (0)20 525 3776, e-mail:, Skype: summer-gsss-uva <<

Course leader

Academic Director: Dr Marie-Louise Janssen & Laurens Buijs
Dr Marie-Louise Janssen is the Track Coordinator of Gender, Sexuality and Society (MSc Sociology).
Marie-Louise Janssen lectures in the areas of gender and sexuality studies, migration and human

Target group

Applicants for this summer course must be at least undergraduate (Bachelor) students entering their 3rd or 4th year. A minimum of a 2.75 GPA is required.
Students from any major are welcome to apply but at least one class in the social sciences is required. A general interest in the social sciences and an open mind are necessary.
Graduate students and professionals are also encouraged to apply.
Applicants from non-social science backgrounds should make clear in their motivation letter why they believe they qualify for the programme.

Course aim

This three-week course explores the historical, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of sexual norms and behaviors.
It examines the history of sexuality studies as an emerging discipline in the 19 th Century, tracing its development from essentialism to constructivism, as well as the basic concepts of sexuality and gender. Both historical and socio-cultural boundaries of sexual norms and behaviors will be explored, as well as the construction of normativities, such as heterosexuality.

Attention will be given to the ways in which sexuality has been framed in past and current theoretical frameworks and to the growing movement which advocates for sexual empowerment and sexual rights. The intersection of the discourse on sex work with the discourse on human trafficking and the tensions between sexual pleasure and sexual abuse will be explored by looking at concepts such as sexual empowerment and sexual citizenship. Also the intersections with other relations of power, such as ethnicity, class and migrant status will be discussed.

Fee info

EUR 1525: (Application fee €25, waived if submitted before 1 February, 2016)
The tuition fee includes:
lunch on class days
public transportation card
access to course materials on Blackboard
excursions and site visits
certificate of attendance
Transcript from the UvA
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.
EUR 525: Housing fee


U21/LERU Partial Scholarship
If your university is a member of the Universitas 21 network and/orLERU network then you may be eligible for a partial scholarship of €500. You must also be a current student at that university when you apply for the summer

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