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Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture

Why do some scientists argue that there are five sexes? Why is it important to study sexuality outside the reproductive framework? The minor Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture tackles some of the most controversial and contested questions of our time, while avoiding the pitfalls of easy answers and trendy talking points.

To what extent do historical assumptions of gender or sexual difference influence our ethnic or cultural identification and our thinking about “race”?

To understand how systems of gender and sexuality operate in our current lives, we need to study how people in the past conceptualized these categories. Since the 19th and early 20th century, certain researchers and artists started to see masculinity and femininity as cultural constructions instead of unique essences.

Read more about this minor and the courses you can choose.

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