Sociology | Sexual Diversity
S321 | 20300 | Weinberg
WAS FORMERLY TITLED VARIATIONS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY I
OPEN TO SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS & SENIORS ONLY
A sociological examination of variations in several dimensions of
human sexuality: sexual definitions (e.g., notions of Adeviance@), 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
READING: Assigned--Bryan Strong and Christine De Vault, Human
Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, 4th edition (plus study
guide), McGraw-Hill, 2001.
RecommendedCJudith Mackay, The Penguin Atlas of Human Sexual Behavior.
GRADES: There will be three examinations, each counting one-third
toward the course grade.