Prostitution & the Sex Trade
This program will challenge you to grapple with the conflicting views on prostitution in Europe. Prostitution is legal in Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, but each country applies its own policies and laws. You will explore how different cultures construct very different narratives about sex, gender, and rights.
- Travel with your classmates and DIS faculty on core course-integrated study tours to talk with former sex workers and NGOs and to examine the differences, legally and socially, in how prostitution is approached in comparison to Denmark
- Use Copenhagen as your case study with guest lecturers and class visits to the city’s Red Light District and organizations 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
PROGRAM STUDENT PROFILE
This program is right for you if you are a gender or women’s studies major or you study sociology, anthropology, human rights, or international relations. The topics explored relating to prostitution and human trafficking will apply to a future career in law, academia, or social work.
CORE COURSE OVERVIEW
>> Prostitution and the Sex Trade in Europe
This course focuses on prostitution as a parallel or grey economy in Europe. You will gain insight into the historical, cultural, and political aspects of prostitution in Scandinavia and in other European countries such as the Netherlands. You will also examine prostitution from different perspectives ranging from sex workers, customers, and anti-trafficking advocacy groups, to law-enforcement officials and politicians.
- Credits: 3
- Week-Long Study Tour: Amsterdam
- Core Course Week: A three-day study tour in Southern Sweden alongside a two-day seminar in Copenhagen.
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