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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO3361 The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America

20 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Prof. Richard Cleminson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

SPPO2010/2011 or equivalent level of Spanish language

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is designed to provide an overview of the workings of sexuality and gender within the Iberian and Latin American context over the nineteenth and twentieth century. It analyses these themes from a variety of analytical perspectives and utilizes materials from a range of sources. It seeks to illuminate historical and present process of the regulation of sexuality and to encourage students to engage with topics and theories that intersect in productive ways within Hispanic and Lusophone Studies.


This one-semester module aims to introduce students to the complexities of historical analysis of questions surrounding the regulation of sexuality in Iberia and a number of Latin American countries.

Students should at the end of this module:
- be familiar with the various historical schools on the history of sexuality
- have a cogent and profound knowledge of the medical, social and political aspects of sexuality in Iberia and Latin America
- should be able to engage in coherent historical analysis of those questions
- and they should possess the tools to defend complex arguments in class and in assessed work.

Learning outcomes
This module will enable students to explore in considerable detail the regulation of sexuality within Iberia and Latin America over a long period of time, but with the emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth century. Sociological, historical, literary and cultural methods of analysis will be employed to do and students should acquire an awareness of what these disciplines can offer Hispanic and Lusophone Studies and vice versa.


1. Introduction of the Historical Analysis of Sexuality
2. The growth of the sexual sciences in Spain, 1840-1936
3. The History of Eugenics (two weeks)
4. The Regulation of Homosexuality
5. Anarchism and Sexuality
6. Sexuality under Francoism
7. The History of Prostitution
8. Hermaphroditism (two weeks)

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading for lecture and seminar: 10 x 9 = 90 hours

Preparation and writing of 2 x 2500-word essay = 70 hours

Preparation of 20-minute group seminar presentation = 20 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal and formal feedback on seminar presentation

Formal feedback on essay

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500-word essay40.00
Essay2,500-word essay40.00
Oral Presentation20 minutes20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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