Sex and the City: Sexual Behaviours and Sexual Citizenship

  • Non-local Applicants:  March 31, 2020
  • Local Applicants:          May 31, 2020

Programme Description: 

What is human sexuality? How can we understand erotic desires? Why are some forms of sexualities being constructed as ‘normal’ while others are considered as ‘deviant’?

We will study closely how new forms of intimacy question our common ways of understanding romantic relationships and erotic desires. We will also examine the intersectionality of social factors that affect how we have come to understand sexualities. These social factors include gender, class, race, ethnicity, and health status. Students will be introduced to readings that cover feminisms, gay and lesbian studies, queer theory, and contemporary sociological theories on the body.

Key topics include beauty myth and body politics, transgenderism and intersexuality, sexual morality and religion, homosexuality, sexual citizenship and sexual politics, sex work and pornography, urban space of desire, BDSM and sexuality education.

Programme Schedule:

14 lectures (10:00 – 13:00 ) & (14:30 – 17:30)

Teaching Methods:

  • Lectures, case studies, activities, excursions, and presentations.
  • Participants are required to bring their own laptop computer to class.

Learning Objective:

  • To gain a basic understanding of gender and human sexuality.
  • To examine sexual identities and sexualities in different Asian cultures.
  • To understand the intersectionality of social factors embedded in human sexuality.
  • To develop critical thinking and apply theories on understanding sexuality.
DATE July 13 (Monday) July 14 (Tuesday) July 15 (Wednesday) July 16 (Thursday) July 17 (Friday)
Morning session Registration and Orientation Social Activity Free time Free time Born into a ‘Wrong’ Body? Transgenderism and Intersexuality
Afternoon session Relax…It’s Just Sex: Introduction and Movie Screening Growing Up in a Gendered and Sexualized Way: Social Constructionism on Gender & Sexuality Are Feminists Hating Men? Feminisms and Queer Theory Striving for Privilege or Equality? Sexual Citizenship and Sexual Politics BDSM Workshop/Teens Key Visit
DATE July 20 (Monday) July 21 (Tuesday) July 22 (Wednesday) July 23 (Thursday) July 24 (Friday)
Morning session Free time Free time Free time Free time BDSM Workshop/Teens Key Visit
Afternoon session Degrading or Empowering Women: Sex Work and Pornography Selling Sex Urban Space of Desire: The Case of Chem-Fun in the MSM Community Sexual Violence Who’s Afraid of Talking about Sex? Gender and Sexuality Education

Remarks:

• HKU Summer Institute reserves the right to change, amend, modify, suspend, continue or terminate all or any part of the programme either in an individual case or in general, at any time without notice.