WGS 322 • SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITIES
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This undergraduate course examines the ways in which U.S. society has promoted specific beliefs and practices with regard to sexual desire, behavior, and identity. This course explores these three dimensions of sexuality from different sociological perspectives that are sensitive to gender, race/ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation differences. The course will analyze why and how different social groups in the U.S. experience sexuality not in isolation, but rather within specific gendered contexts including family, culture, religion, media, and society, in general. The subject matter of this course is very sensitive. The material and discussions require that students maintain a mature and respectful demeanor. This is not a "how-to" seminar but rather a sociology course that focuses on the sociological study of sexuality. The major objective of this course is to help students develop a critical sociological perspective and a feminist understanding of the ways in which sexuality is socially constructed and represented in contemporary society. We will examine the ways in which class, race-ethnicity, gender, legal status and homophobia shape both women's and men's sexual agency and autonomy. Lastly, we will discuss how women have responded to these experiences, examining strategies of resistance and instances of victimization, and exploring their sexuality expressions along a continuum between danger and pleasure. UPPER-DIVISION STANDING REQUIRED. DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 100 OR MORE STUDENTS. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. EXAMINES HOW SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN US SOCIETY SHAPE SEXUAL VALUES, BELIEFS, AND PRACTICES. TOPICS INCLUDE CHANGING CULTURAL IMAGES OF SEXUALITY, SEXUAL IDENTITIES, AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. PREREQUISITE: SOC 302, AND EITHER SOC 333K OR 3 SEMESTER HOURS OF COURSEWORK IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES. INCLUDES CROSS-CULTURAL CONTENT. MEETS WITH SOC 340G.