Netherlands, Amsterdam

Introduction to Sexuality Studies

when 16 June 2019 - 4 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 1575

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?

In this summer school, we will study how these concepts impact our relationships within society, and the different theoretical perspectives that have been developed to study their role in social and familial relationships. Students will be equipped with analytical tools to study these themes critically and reflexively, and in interaction with other social distinctions, such as religion, social class and nationality, within the setting of an international classroom.

This three-week summer course provides a thorough interdisciplinary exploration of central texts and key concepts in the studies of sexuality and gender in the social sciences. This programme is an excellent opportunity for emerging scholars in the field of sexuality and gender to connect to peers. Our experienced staff help students to strengthen their academic identity in both formal and informal sessions, inside and outside the class room. Amsterdam and its sexual subcultures will be explored through field assignments.

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

Are you in your 3rd or 4th year of your undergraduate (Bachelor) degree?
Or are you a first-year Master's student?
Are you a professional with the desire to learn more?
Are you curious about studying sexuality from a social science perspective?

If you fall into one of the categories above, then please fill-in our online application 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 1575: Tuition fee. This includes: lunch on class days, public transportation card, excursions and site visits.
EUR 500: 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.

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