Sociology | Sexual Diversity
S521 | 22981 | Weinberg


This course provides a sociological examination of the major
social-psychological and behavioral aspects of human sexual diversity.
(I have not included constructionist readings in this course because I
also give a graduate course [S522] in “Constructing Sexuality.) The
range of sexualities examined will include subject matter on sexual
attitudes (e.g., notions of acceptable behavior in different segments
of the U.S. population), the prevalence of various behaviors in
different socio-cultural locations (e.g., societies, classes,
ethnicities), the intensity and nature of sexual response by different
social groups (e.g., according to biological sex, by age), sexual
object choice (e.g., homosexuality, bisexuality), various forms of
commercial sex, the genderization of sexuality (e.g., transgenderism,
the gendered shaping of sex work), and other modes of sexual
expression (e.g., fetishism, urine play, enema clubs).  There will be
weekly lectures, videos and discussions. Readings will concentrate on
the basic and classic material in the objectivist approach to the
study of sexuality. Grades will be primarily based on three
non-cumulative in-class closed book essay exams; no papers.