Sociology | Sexual Diversity
S321 | 3621 | Lavin


S321 Sexual Diversity    Lavin     9:30-10:45 TR  3631
FORMER TITLE WAS VARIATIONS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY I
OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATES ONLY

How do we come to define ourselves sexually?  Our sexuality is
influenced by a number of social factors and this will be the
subject matter for this course.  Human beings are sexual beings
and so the purpose of this course is to give you some
understanding of what sexuality means and how it is socially
constructed.  We will examine how we construct our own sexual
identities and how society shapes and influences this
construction.  The focus of this course will be on a sociological
perspective of sexuality and as such will take into account
structural and social factors such as gender, culture, the
law/government, and religion among others.  This includes
examining not only "traditional" conceptions of sexuality, but
also expressions of sexuality that may be termed "deviant" by a
portion of our society.  We will also explore the historical
changes in society's views and treatment of sexuality and the
topic of sex.  Finally, we will examine some of the social
problems that are associated with sexuality and sexual behaviors.
I hope that this course will make you question commonly held
assumptions about sexuality and increase your understanding of
your own sexuality and sexual behavior.