EDUC 122G Learning Sexualities

EDUC 122G | B&E, EMHSS, LC | Semester Two 2021 | City Campus | 15 points


How and what do we learn about sexualities in New Zealand?

We learn about sexuality both formally (e.g. through sexuality education) and informally (e.g. through the media) in a diversity of social settings. Schools are examined as one significant setting in which students learn about sexualities. This course investigates the historical derivation and current context of contemporary education about sexuality along with its social effects.

Topics Covered

While topics vary from year to year depending on the specialisations of the teaching team, the following are some lecture themes from recent years:

  • The birds and the bees: What counts as sexual knowledge in sexuality education?
  • Schooling sexualities: How do schools teach heterosexuality? Beyond the birds and the bees: The missing discourse of desire in sexuality education
  • Understanding the concepts sex, gender and sexuality
  • Reconceptualising teenage parenthood
  • Sex, consent and sexual coercion
  • How sexuality education is constructed by the media
  • Sexuality and ableism: Sexuality and people with disabilities
  • Sexuality and transgendered youth
  • School sport, gendered performances and sexualities

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