Jun 12, 2024  
2017-18 Catalog 
2017-18 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SOC 256 - Sex and Sexualities

5 CR

Do men and women think differently about sex? Does pornography impact how we have sex? Is prostitution harmful to society? Investigate contemporary sexual behaviors from a sociological perspective and examine how culture impacts sexual practices and identities. Themes may include the sex industry, the sexual self, attitudes about the body, and/or sex in popular culture.

Course Outcomes
  • Explain the difference between key concepts in the field, such as “sex,” “gender,” “sexuality,” and “sexual orientation”;
  • Discuss how sexuality is socially constructed and compare norms and cultural perspectives on sexual behavior across societies;
  • Describe the ways in which our culture and society shape our sexual opinions and experiences;
  • Illustrate how gender influences sexual attitudes and behaviors;
  • Better understand sexual practices and perspectives from a sociological perspective;
  • Recognize how sex and sexualities are marketed, packaged and sold by society; and
  • Critically examine how societies regulate sexual behavior.

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