Sexuality, Policy, and Leadership

School of Consciousness and Transformation TLD 6082 3.00

An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of human sexuality, policy formation, and leadership. The course reviews the theoretical, epistemological, cultural, historical, clinical, and public health foundations of sexuality policy. The introductory section describes the huge global spectrum of diverse sexual meanings and practices across time and space. The second section explores the intersection between sexuality and policy formation in the later 20th century in the United States, with special attention to LGBTQ populations, and to women’s sexual and reproductive rights. The third section explores how changes in society, the self, the state, public health, the media, and science in the 19th and 20th centuries led to fixations and controversies surrounding policy formation in these areas. The final section examines how to be successful in policy policy formation and leadership through analysis of case studies at the local, state, federal, and global levels. Course goals: 1) learn about the scholarly underpinnings of sexuality policy leadership formation; 2) become aware of the spectrum of sexual diversity across cultures and human development; 3) understand the differences and similarities between LGBTQ policies and women’s sexual and reproductive policies; 4) analyze and apply lessons learned from successful implementation of policy leadership formation via case studies.

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