GNDR 321

The Medicalization of Sex

Units: 1.5

Hours: 3-0

Formerly: WS 323A

Traces the scientific construction of sexuality from the 19th century to the present. Examines how medicine, psychiatry, surgery and, more recently, drug companies, have constructed popular definitions of sexual normalcy and deviance, function and dysfunction. Highlights the power of science and medicine to define, judge, regulate, and discipline sex and considers the transformative possibilities afforded by new technologies.


  • Credit will be granted for only one of GNDR 321, WS 323A.


  • Minimum second-year standing; or
  • permission of the department.

Undergraduate course in Gender Studies offered by the Department of Gender Studies in the Faculty of Humanities.

Summer Fall Spring

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