Sociology | Sexual Diversity
S321 | 4812 | Sweeney
THIS COURSE MAY NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT
This is a course on sociological issues concerning the diversity of
human sexuality. Because sexuality is often taken for granted
as “human nature,” it is perfect site for sociological
investigation. As we will discuss, the meanings of sex are
constantly in flux, being worked out publicly and privately. Through
a sociological perspective, we will move beyond our taken-for-granted
assumptions about sexuality and will investigate these meanings and
their relationships to sexual behavior, attitudes, and identities.
Topics we will cover include: gender, sexual orientation/preference,
sexual behavior across the life-course (including childhood
sexuality), cross-cultural variation in sexual behavior, sexual
abuse, sex work and atypical and paraphilic sexual behaviors.