SUNY Oneonta

SOCL 236 Sociology of Sexuality

3 s.h.

In this course, we will look at sexual desire, behavior, romance, and identity from a sociological perspective. We are not interested in acts but in the social, cultural, and political significance attached to the acts. Topics will include hierarchies of behavior; how different ethnic, cultural, and religious groups conceptualize sexual identity the history of heterosexual, gay/lesbian, and other sexual subcultures; the commercialization of sexual practices; and how globalization is affecting contemporary sexual behaviors. We will pay special attention to criminalized or stigmatized behaviors, such as sexual assault, fetishes, and prostitution. (LA)

Prerequisite: SOCL 100 or SOCL 110.

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