New course: Sex Work and Sex Workers
“Sex workers are everywhere. We are your neighbours. We brush past you on the street. Our kids go to the same schools as your kids. We’re behind you at the self-service check out, with baby food and a bottle of Pinot Grigio. People who sell sex are in your staff cafeteria, your after-school club committee, your doctor’s waiting room, you place of worship. Sex workers are incarcerated inside immigration detention centres, and sex workers are protesting outside of them. Although we are everywhere, most people know little about the reality of our lives.”
Juno Mac and Molly Smith, (2018). Revolting Prostitutes: The fight for sex workers rights. (p.1)
LBST 415: Sex Work and Sex Workers
AU’s new course, LBST 415: Sex Work and Sex Workers, examines sex work and sex workers in Canada, with an emphasis on how the regulation of sex work impacts sex workers. In addition to reading key texts by scholarly experts on the sex industry, learners will hear from sex workers themselves about their jobs, experiences, and policy recommendations.
After completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Explain the functions of the modern sex industry (including its scope, history, and dynamics) from a labour-relations perspective.
- Articulate the main legislative approaches to the regulations of sex work, including the purposes, strengths, and weaknesses of each approach.
- Identify how intersectionality affects sex work and sex-work policy.
- Analyze sex workers’ labour conditions in order to recommend policy changes that will improve safety, income, and stability.