Spring 2022 - CRIM 317 OL01
Sex, Work, and the Law (3)
Class Number: 4072
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Examines the history of commercial sex in Canada, the related laws and their impacts; research on the breadth of the commercial sex industry, sex sellers, sex buyers, and third parties; theories about commercial sex involvement and its role in society; legal approaches to addressing commercial sex in other countries; current legal framework, including jurisprudence, relevant Criminal, Immigration, and municipal law. Students with credit for CRIM 313 (Specific Types of Crime) prior to Summer 2007 may not take this course for further credit.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
(1) Understand the historical development of, and political basis for, Canadian laws related to commercial sex activities; (2) critically evaluate research from a variety of sources examining diverse forms of sex work including street-based, off-street, gendered form commercial sex activities, erotic entertainment, BDSM and fetish activities; and explain the diverse social contexts in which commercial sex activities take place; (3) comprehend the ethical issues facing sex work researchers and the critiques of knowledge production on commercial sex activities; (4) assess current research related to sex buyers, youth sexual exploitation, migrant sex work, and human trafficking, (5) evaluate the various legal approaches to regulating sex work in other jurisdictions; and (6) apply current research and legal principles to assess the various factors considered in Canadian law and policy related to commercial sex activities.
- Participation 15%
- Video-based Exercises 25%
- Critical Reflections (2) 20%
- Critical Evaluation of an article assignment 20%
- Term Paper 20%
1. Durisin, E., van der Meulen, E., & Bruckert, C. (2018) Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance. Vancouver: UBC Press.
2. Online Materials accessible through Canvas.
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