Sexuality and Culture

Programme Code: GEND2007

Faculty of: Arts

Targeted Students: HKU Undergraduate, HKU Postgraduate, Non HKU Undergraduate, Non HKU Postgraduate

Area of Interest: Arts

Credits: 6

Programme Period: June 28, 2021 to July 16, 2021

Programme Fee: HKD 16,400

Discount(s) on Programme Fee:

10% Partner Discount
5% Early Bird Discount (Deadline: April 30, 2021)

* All discounts are NOT in conjunction with any other discounts.

Deadline for Application: May 31, 2021

Online Application: APPLY NOW


The application procedure of this programme is separated from HKUSI application system. You will be required to apply and pay all fees separately. For more information, please visit the programme link.

For HKU students, please visit here for the application procedures.

Course Description:

The study of sexuality obliges a reading of the theories of both Sigmund Freud and Michel Foucault.  While Freud argues that the sexual instinct and civilization are irreconcilable and society must repress the sexual, even at the cost of producing neurotics, Foucault thinks that societies and discourses produce sexuality, sexual types, and sexual behaviour as a form of control.  Textual discussions to examine the application of psychoanalytic theory in the representation of sexuality in culture will include internationally acclaimed classics of both film and literary texts.  Intensive reading is mandatory and expected of students who will be guided through the examination of the writings of Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, and other theorists who have contributed to the legacy of psychoanalysis as a tool for the reading of culture.

Pre-requisite requirements:

Year 2 or above students

Course Outline:


Programme Schedule:

Monday – Friday 14:30 – 17:30

Programme Link:—humanities/undergraduate-level/undergraduate-programmes-session-b

For enquires, please contact Faculty of Arts General Office:
Phone:  +852 3917 8977


• You understand that you must be available for the entire duration of the programme, from the start to the end of the programme. 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave with legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence. Students have the responsibility to contact the programme coordinator and/or teacher concerned about this ahead of time. No exceptions will be made, unless prior approval has been given. You are expected to be punctual for all classes and tutorials. Unexcused cases of lateness may count as absence. Students who fail to achieve an 80% of attendance or absence without legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence will not be awarded the HKU Credits or the Certificate of Completion.