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Sexuality and Power (IAI Academy)

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What is sexuality and how does it reflect power relations within society? Award-winning Cambridge sociologist Véronique Mottier provides a provocative cultural history.

What is normal sex? Who decides? Why has power dominated pleasure in the history of sexuality? From the pederasty of the ancient Greeks to the political lesbians of the 20th century, sex has always been a reflection of the struggle for power in society. In this course, Professor Véronique Mottier unveils the truth of what goes on behind closed doors.

By the end of the course, you will have learned:

why today’s taboos were commonplace in antiquity

how pleasure and sex became associated

why the Greeks did not classify sexual relations by gender

why sex was once considered the enemy of God

how the enlightenment freed sexuality from church dogma

the challenges to biological models of sex

the sexual contracts of marriage

how sex is moving beyond science.

As part of the course there are in-video quiz questions to consolidate your learning, suggested further readings to explore topics further, discussion boards to have your say and an end of course assessment set by Professor Mottier.

This course is eligible for official online verification.