SOC 345 - Sociology of Sexuality
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Credits:
4
Advisory Prerequisites:
One introductory course in Sociology.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

COURSE OVERVIEW: Human sexuality is often thought of as a realm of experience outside of or unmarked by society. In contrast, this course introduces students to the myriad ways in which sexual desire and sexual activity are structured by social relations, and to the ways that sexuality, sexual practices, and sexual identities vary in time and space. Social science theories of sexuality will be considered, and cross-cultural and historical accounts of sexual practices will be reviewed. Other topics include the historical emergence and elaboration of forms of sexual desire (“sexualities” and categories of sexual orientation), sexual identities, sexual subcultures and communities, sexual scripts, sex panics and the political manipulation of sexuality, the institutional nature of heterosexuality, and the ways in which sexuality as social institution and identity intersects with other major hierarchies of privilege and inequality: race, socio-economic status, and gender.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

  • Peiss, Kathy and Robert A. Padgug (eds.) 1989. Passion and Power. Philadelphia: Temple.
  • Seidman, Steven. 2003. The Social Construction of Sexuality. New York: WW Norton.
  • Coursepack (CP): Eventually available at Excel, 1117 South University.

Books are available for purchase at Shaman Drum. Books and CP are also available via Library Reserve.

GRADING: Grades will be based on summation of student scores on all assigned work, weighted as follows:

  1. 2 Exams: Midterm (25%) and Final (35%) 60%
  2. Section: attendance, participation, writing 20%
  3. 2 Short writing assignments (10% ea) 20%

SOC 345 - Sociology of Sexuality
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
21061
Open
5
 
1
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
21062
Closed
0
 
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W 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
21063
Closed
0
 
1
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
21064
Open
1
 
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
27113
Closed
0
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
P
27114
Open
2
 
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Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
28134
Open
5
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
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