Sociology | Sexual Diversity
S321 | 4080 | Suarez


FORMER TITLE WAS VARIATIONS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY I
ABOVE SECTION OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY

What does sociology have to do with sexuality?  Sexuality is often
thought of as an intensely personal and private issue.  Sexuality is
often perceived as simply being a part of “human nature.”  In this
course, we will question these taken –for-granted assumptions
concerning sexuality.  We will investigate the social complexity of
sexuality as the meanings of sex are constantly under negotiation
both publicly and privately.  In order to achieve this goal, we will
look at cross-cultural and historical understandings of sexuality,
in addition to assessing current beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors
in the United States.  We will see how our sexuality is affected by
many social characteristics, such as our gender, sex,
race/ethnicity, social class, age, religion, and location.  Other
topics we will cover include:  sexual preference and identity,
sexual socialization, sexual abuse, and alternative sexualities
(pornography, S/M, non-monogamy, and sex work)