A Sexual History of London

Module code: 5HIST009W
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module will provide you with an interdisciplinary perspective on sex, sexuality and gender in London from 1880 to the present. Taking approaches from history, sociology, law, politics and literature, you will explore topics such as Victorian sex scandals; the gendering of public space; masculinities and femininities; the impact of the law; Queer London; ‘Women’s Work’; the ‘Swinging Sixties’ and ‘sexual liberation’; the making of cultures of sexuality in Soho; and policing sexuality in central London.

The module will be delivered through a combination lectures, small group seminars, and fieldwork. Assessment is a portfolio of short weekly entries on the module topic.

By the time you complete the module, you will have gained a command of a body of knowledge of sexual politics, identities, practices, law and cultural production in London between 1880 and the present. You will understand the varieties of approaches to the subjects of sexuality and gender, derived from the humanities, law and social sciences, and be able to apply interdisciplinary perspectives. You will also have an awareness of continuity and change over extended time periods, and of the development of – and the differences between – principal research methods used in the field of sexuality and gender.