Let’s Talk About Sex Education

How do we learn about sex? It’s a complicated question with unique answers based on our families, friends, schools, and identities. It’s also a question that continually plagues students, parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers. And despite these enduring disputes, U.S. institutions still have no consistent answers even for whether we ought to include sexual education in our curricula, much less what such courses should entail. This class will explore these conversations by examining perspectives on sex education from media, history, scholars, and a variety of professionals currently working in the field. Ultimately, we’ll be interested in when, how, and what we learn about sex from both state-sanctioned and “unapproved” sources.