WOMENSTD 431 - Advanced Topics in LGBTQ Studies
Section: 001 Adolescent Sexuality
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
WOMENSTD 245 or 295.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

While many courses on adolescent sexuality focus solely on "crises," such as sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy, this course takes a decidedly different approach by studying a wide range of issues that affect young people and their sexual development. In this course we discuss early lessons regarding sexuality as the basis for individuals' attitudes regarding sex and potential sexual/relational partners throughout their lifetime.

We move from the inside out: starting with biological and hormonal development, we move to how peers and partners can affect adolescent sexual health, next moving to how the media and popular culture influence sexual development, then to families and schools, and finally, to social policies and laws that create the political infrastructure in which adolescents develop. Each of these factors encourages us to think about sexual health not only as an individual experience, but as a phenomenon that is created and supported by decisions and relationships which affect young people differently. With this in mind, we pay particular attention to specific characteristics that affect sexual health, including gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Throughout the academic term, we explore how these — in combination with being young — affect what adolescents learn about themselves, their bodies, and the potential for being a healthy sexual adult. The structure of this course encourages students to develop a set of critical skills that will allow them to understand how young people are affected by both public and private decisions regarding their own sexuality.

WOMENSTD 431 - Advanced Topics in LGBTQ Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with Psych 497-002.
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