Prostitution & the Sex Trade
Prostitution is legal in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, but each country has vastly different approaches and policies regarding sex work. Delve into how national cultures construct their own narratives about sex, gender, and rights, and how they grapple with conflicting views on sex for sale.
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR YOU?
- Discuss real-life current issues with guest lecturers and class visits to the city’s Red Light District and NGO’s such as Reden (The Nest), a drop-in facility for Danish sex workers
- Mirror decision makers within the Danish government in a final panel debate on controversial topics such as prohibiting prostitution, legalizing it, and the criminalization of the customer
- Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on course-integrated Study Tours to talk with former sex workers and their customers, and NGOs for trafficked women to compare and contrast how prostitution is legally and socially approached
It’s a good fit if you study:
Prostitution and the Sex Trade in Europe
Fall/Spring, 3 Credits
- Gender Studies
- Human Rights
- International Relations
- Political Science
This course focuses on prostitution as a parallel or grey economy in Europe. You gain insight into the historical, cultural, and political aspects of prostitution in Scandinavia and other European countries such as the Netherlands and Sweden. You also examine prostitution from different perspectives ranging from sex workers, customers, and anti-trafficking advocacy groups, to law enforcement officials and politicians.
Week-Long Study Tour: Amsterdam-The Hague
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Core Course Week: Study tour to Southern Sweden + a two-day seminar in Copenhagen