Riminology: Sex Work: Theory, Practice, Policy

Essay One: Drawing upon key theoretical debates, critically evaluate radical feminist discourses which position prostitution as a a?harmful cultural practicea (Jeffreys, 2008). (2000 words)

Aims:
The aims of the course are
1. To critically evaluate different theoretical understandings of sex work/prostitution.
2. To develop an understanding of the cultural context in which the sex industry exists, the diversity of actors involved in the sex industry, the variety of roles played, and the different spatial contexts in which sex is sold and exchanged.
3. To develop an understanding of the regulatory structures that impact on sex work in England and Wales and internationally.

Learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe and critique competing theoretical understandings of sex work/prostitution.
2. Understand the cultural context of the sex industry, the multiple spatial contexts in which sex is sold, the impact of context on practice, the diverse roles of workers and how conceptualisations of identity impact on sex industry work.
3. Understand and critique the policy context in which sex is sold nationally and internationally.