Sociology | Advanced Topics
S660 | 3675 | Weinberg

S660 Advanced Topics     (3 CR)
Topic:  Social Constructionism and Human Sexuality
3675 4:00P - 6:00P       M    BH 215
Martin Weinberg

The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the
social constructionist perspective and its development in the
area of human sexuality.  It will cover the sources of its
evolution: symbolic interactionism (and other interpretative
approaches) in the United States, what developed out of the U.S.
perspective in England, the influence of the French post-
structuralists, the role feminist scholars and queer theorists
have played, and the contributions of postmodernism and cultural
studies.  Students will see how these different origins have
converged in this most contemporary approach to the study of
human sexuality.

Readings (will be available both in the bookstores and on

1.  Packet of Articles

2.  Janice Irvine, Disorders of Desire, 1990

3.  Kenneth Plummer, Telling Sexual Stories, 1995

4.  Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality: An Introduction
(Vol. 1), 1990 (Reissue edition)

5.  Steven Seidman, Queer Theory/Sociology, 1996

6.  Carl Holmberg, Sexualities and Popular Culture, 1998

Class Organization:

Lectures followed by student led discussions of the week's


Grades will be based on three examinations and classroom