HIST-A 200 – Dr. Kinsey and American Culture
A200 (sect. 12239) Dr. Kinsey and U.S. Culture (3 credits)
Instructor: H. Allinson
Meets 12:40-2:30 MTWR
Meets IUB GenEd S&H and COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry Credit
This course examines Dr. Kinsey’s life, work, and legacy, and places him in the broader context of U.S. cultural history. What cultural trends was Dr. Kinsey responding to as he taught and conducted his research? What impact, if any, did he have on those trends? Was his research on sexual behavior truly “revolutionary”?
Topics to be covered include: the I.U. Marriage course, venereal diseases, eugenics, sex research, the cold war, the sexual revolution, the evolution of homo-/hetero- sexual identities, transgender identities and politics, and contemporary research at the Kinsey Institute. Readings will include unpublished documents from Dr. Kinsey’s archives, and the class will include a visit to the Kinsey Institute.