2019 Fall SOCIOL 135 001 LEC 001

Sexual Cultures

Course Level
Undergraduate
Section Type
Lecture
Instructor(s)
Course Times
MoWeFr 1:00pm - 1:59pm
Course Units
4
Course number
135
Course CCN
23813
Course Location
Kroeber 160
Course description

This course examines how sexual identities, communities, desires, and practices are socially, historically, and culturally constructed. We will look at how people reproduce dominant models of sexuality, as well as how a wide range of people--including lesbians, bisexuals, gay men, transgenderists, and self-described queers--contest the power that operates through dominant models of sexuality. Looking at empirical studies and theoretical texts, we will trace the paradigm shift from late 19th century sexology to early 20th century psychoanalysis, through a variety of approaches in the 1960's and 1970's to the feminist and queer theory of recent decades.