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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2005

WGS 322 • SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITIES

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46075 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
BUR 208
GONZALEZ-LOPEZ

Course Description

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, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia shape the ways in which human beings experience 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.

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