HSEX 6011

About This Course

​Policy in Human Sexuality: Cutting-Edge Analyses offers an overview of United States and international policy related to gender and sexuality. The course will present the content and impact of such policies across human life stages, from youth reproductive health to aging LGBTQ folks; and a variety of contexts including education, military service, employment, and criminal legal systems. Using readings, multimedia sources, discussion forums, peer review, and an applied final project, students will understand the theory, process, and central actors in policy development and implementation, and the real-world effects of these processes.

Sample textbook: Susan Gluck Mezey (2017), Beyond Marriage: Continuing Battles for LGBT Rights, ISBN-13: 978-1442248649, ISBN-10: 1442248645

Sample course topics: Early life stages, sexual behavior, criminalization, health care, discrimination protections and barriers, later life stages, and public policy.


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Sonya Laddon Rahders

Sonya Laddon Rahders, JD, is a practicing attorney who provides health care compliance assistance to abortion providers across the United States. Her work focuses on expanding access for young people and integrating the needs of LGBTQ+ people in abortion care, as well as compliance with pharmacy, laboratory, and facility licensing rules. She has additional experience working in state and federal policy related to sex education, HIV and AIDS, youth rights, and LGBTQ+ health access. Sonya serves on the board of directors for SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change. She earned her JD with a concentration in social justice lawyering from University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly Hastings College of the Law).

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