Home » 2017/2018 GE Model » Literature and Humanities » GELH2001 / GELH007 – Sex and the Arts
Suggested Year of Study:2 – 4
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH

Department of English

Medium of Instruction:English



Course Description

Physical relationship presents itself one way or another in everyday life and discourse. This course invites students to go beyond the biology and mechanics of human sexual behaviours and think about the aesthetics of eros as featured in the arts. Students will be introduced to an array of historical and contemporary representations, narratives and discussions of sex in visual arts (paintings, sculptures and films), music (from classical art songs and operas to hip hop lyrics and MVs) and literature. ‘Sexuality in the Arts’ considers how various forms of artistic creation reflect and shape perception and symbolism of sex in a range of historical and cultural domains. Material of discussion will be chosen from both Asian and Western contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe and articulate some aspects of historical and cultural representations of sexuality in the arts;

2. Appreciate and explain types of representation of sexuality in the arts;

3. Describe and explain the aesthetics of sexuality and the arts; and

4. Report and write about their appreciation of eros across different historical and cultural contexts.