Sociology | Sexual Diversity
S321 | 4116 | Weinberg
WAS FORMERLY TITLED VARIATIONS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY I
OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY
A sociological examination of variations in several dimensions of
human sexuality: sexual definitions (e.g., notions of “deviance”),
the prevalence of various behaviors (e.g., premarital coitus), the
intensity of sexual response (e.g., female orgasm), sexual object
choice (e.g., homosexuality), and other modes of sexual expression
(e.g., fetishism). Note: Sexual language and sexually explicit
videos on a wide range of sexual behaviors are part of the course.
Please do not sign up for this class if these aspects of the course
will offend you.
GOAL: The first goal of the course is to provide you with a basis
for a sociological understanding of human sexuality. The second
goal, which should result from the accomplishment of the first one,
is to help you develop a non-judgmental attitude toward a diversity
of consensual sexualities.
READING: Assigned--Bryan Strong and Christine De Vault, Human
Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, 4th edition (plus study
guide), McGraw-Hill, 2001.
Recommended—Judith Mackay, The Penguin Atlas of Human Sexual
Behavior. Penguin, 2000.
GRADES: There will be three examinations, each counting one-third
toward the course grade.