SOC 495 - Topics in Sociology
Section: 001 Diagnosis, Sex, and Society
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One introductory course in Sociology.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Diagnoses are often seen as disinterested scientific descriptions of "real" entities. In contrast, this course approaches diagnoses as social artifacts — objects created in particular socio-historical contexts with moral and political consequences. Various historical and contemporary cases of medicalized sex, gender, and sexuality will be reviewed to explore issues such as disease mongering, enhancements and "lifestyle" drugs, the rise of diagnostic biopsychiatry, and medical-therapeutic regulation of sexuality, sex, and gender. Specific historical “diagnoses” to be considered include hysteria, masturbation, nymphomania, and homosexuality. Contemporary diagnoses include gender identity disorder, intersex, shyness, shortness, ADHD, PTSD, male & female sexual dysfunctions, and sex “addiction.”

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SOC 495 - Topics in Sociology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
003 (LEC)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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Other readings will be available via PDFs on CTools.
ISBN: 9780801885853
The medicalization of society : on the transformation of human conditions into treatable disorders, Author: Conrad, Peter, 1945-, Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press 2007
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