SA4K2      Half Unit
Sexuality, Everyday Lives and Social Policy in Developing Countries

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt OLD2.55


This course is available on the MSc in Health, Community and Development, MSc in Social Policy (Research), MSc in Social Policy and Development and MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 15 students.



Course content

This course aims to analyse and understand the way social policies deploy sexuality categories in regulating everyday life in developing countries, both in its public and private manifestations. It aims to consider social policy and particular interventions in their historical contexts, as a way of unpacking the construction of sexuality in the intersection of colonialism, gender, race, class and international policy frameworks in developing countries. The course also aims to interrogate the relationship between particular social policy prescriptions developed in most industrialized welfare societies and the way some of these are transferred to developing countries. The major concern of the analysis is to bring out the perceptions of sexuality that underwrite these policies and how these interact with existing perceptions of sexualities and their performances (identities, desires and bodily practices) in multiple developing country contexts. These policy areas include, among others, discussions of rights, entitlements, citizenship, same-sex marriage, sexually transmitted disease, HIV/AIDS, family policies, migration/border controls, criminality and employment-related policies.


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to submit a formative essay (2,000 words), which is to be handed in by the end of week eight of Lent Term.

Indicative reading

Aggleton, P., Boyce, P. and Moore, H. (2012) Understanding Global Sexualities: New Frontiers. London: Routledge; Butler, J. (1990) Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge; Canaday, M. (2009) The Straight State: Sexuality and Citizenship. Princeton university Press; Cornwall, A., Corrêa, S. and Jolly, S. (2008) Development with a Body: Sexuality, Human Rights and Development. London: Zed Book; Correa, S., Petchesky, R. and Parker, R. (2008) Sexuality, Health and Human Rights. London: Routledge; De La Dehesa, R. (2012) Queering the Public Sphere in Mexico and Brazil: Sexual Rights Movements in Emerging Democracies. Duke University Press; Reid, G. and Walker, L. (2005) Men Behaving Differently: South African Men since 1994. Doubleday books; Richey, L. A. (2008) Population Politics and Development: From the policies to the Clinics. London: Palgrave; Stoler, A. L. (2002) Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. University of California Press; Tamale, S. (2011) African Sexualities: A Reader. Pambazuka Press.


Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2015/16: 19

Average class size 2015/16: 19

Controlled access 2015/16: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills