Global Intimacies: Sex, Power, Gender and Migration

  • Categories Society
  • Duration 30h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update October 15, 2021

About Course

National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)


Explore how freedom of movement impacts sex, gender and our ideas of intimacy

In this time of global capitalism, travelling between countries for work and leisure is common. Global mobility has blurred the boundary between strangers and changed the meaning of intimacy.

This course will develop your understanding of how our notions of intimacy have been changed by the intersection of money, mobility, and power with gender, love, and sex.

Discover the socio-cultural impact of migration, from domestic work to sex work

Through an exploration of common migration practices in society today, you’ll explore the shifting meaning of intimacy.

As you explore ideas on gender migration and domestic service, you’ll consider the millions working abroad in intimate settings as nannies or caretakers, as well as those in cross-border marriages, and living in transnational families.

You’ll also discuss LGBTQ+ migrants, sex tourism, and overseas surrogacy as you examine how global mobility is challenging traditional ideas of femininity and masculinity.

Explore feminism, queer and gender studies, globalisation, and migration studies concepts

You’ll be introduced to scholarly approaches to gender and queer studies, as well as ethnographic case-studies on globalisation and migration.

You’ll analyse how capitalism and its resulting economic disparity is challenging our concept of love, labour, and sex and ponder the agency of the individual in a capitalist society.

Learn with cultural anthropology and gender studies expert, Francisca Y K Lai

Holding a PhD in cultural anthropology with an emphasis on gender studies from Purdue University, Francisca is highly experienced in the intersection between gender, sexuality, and migration.

Francisca has also published an academic book as well as multiple international journals on the topics of gender, sexuality, and migration.

What topics will you cover?

1) Examine the changing notions of intimacy in a globalizing world.

2) Topics will include: (a) domestic work, (b) LGBT migrants, (c) sex tourism, (d) cross-border marriages, and (e) overseas surrogacy.

3) Approaches of feminism, queer studies, globalization, and migration studies will be examined.

4) Learning materials will be provided with a focus on ethnographic case studies.


Who developed the course?

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National Tsing Hua University (NTHU)

National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan consistently ranks as one of the premier universities in East Asia.

  • Established: 1956
  • Location: Taiwan
  • World ranking: Top 170



What Will I Learn?

  • Explore ideas on gender, sexuality, money, mobility, and intimacy from a socio-cultural perspective.
  • Discuss how global mobility is challenging traditional ideas of femininity and masculinity.
  • Investigate the agency of the individual in a capitalist society.
  • Reflect on personal values and respect others who have different values and ideas.

Topics for this course

11 Lessons30h


Course introduction
Welcome to the course VIDEO (03:22)00:00:00
Why are you here? DISCUSSION

Gender and Feminism?

An anthropological perspective will be provided to understand gender. You will read an article about the emergence of feminist anthropology and watch a lecture video on the relationship between capitalism and gender.

Labour Migration in a Global Economy?

This section will first provide an introduction on the trends and gender ratios of international labour migration. Then, we will study the impact on families when intimate care is now carried out by migrant domestic workers.

Evolving Definitions of Intimacy?

You will learn about the contested boundaries between the domestic and the public as well as the evolving definitions of familial intimacy in societies where people heavily rely on domestic workers.

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is designed for anyone interested in gender studies, sexuality issues, and migration studies.
  • It will be of particular interest to those with an academic interest in the intersections of sex, love, and labour in the context of global capitalism.