VARIATIONS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY
SEXUALITY STUDIES 400-SOCIOLOGY400-PSYCHOLOGY450
DR. CHRISTOPHER CARRINGTON
COURSE # 15450]
[SOC 400: COURSE # 15348]
COURSE #: 15093]
CLASSROOM & TIME:
Creative Arts 129, 11:10-12 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
OFFICE LOCATION AND HOURS:
HSS 369, 9-10 Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Office hours for Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Assistants will be announced via the iLearn email
Variations in sexuality: sexual identity and orientations, relationships, behavior, and fantasy; identification
of personal and social problems associated with varied sexual lifestyles in social scientific perspective.
The course introduces students to scientific study of human sexual variations.
The course takes an
interdisciplinary approach including anthropology, economics, history, psychology (including evolutionary
psychology), and sociology (including sociobiology) and other
scientific method serves as a foundation for this course.
The materials we read and the research we consult
rests upon observable evidence.
In analyzing sexual behavior and sexual variations we will be looking for
repeatable, verifiable, demonstrable, and plausible evidence in drawing conclusions.
This emphasis upon scientific evidence holds great significance in two areas:
First, we integrate and utilize
the scientifically-derived theory of evolution.
We will encounter evolutionary components and analysis of
sexual variation in lectures, readings and documentaries.
Second, the social scientific (e.g., history,
economics, psychology etc.) materials we use in the course also rest upon the scientific method.
discussions of sexuality, and in particular, human sexuality, other values like tradition, authority, faith, and
religious texts are given priority.
In this course, science, or what we can demonstrate through observation,
takes priority in our analysis and in our policy recommendations.
Most significantly, the course will focus energy on explaining and understanding how, and
historical periods, different societies, and different groups within a society,
to human sexual
variations the way they do.
Why might some cultures and historical periods fully embrace and celebrate
polygamy or masturbation or bisexuality or interracial sex while in other historical periods and cultural
contexts these same activities are taboo and stigmatized?
What sociological, economic, psychological or
evolutionary factors contribute to these differing societal responses?
Further, what is the significance of
gender, race, class, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity and religion to understanding why people respond to
sexual variations the way they do?
How do social institutions (education, media, the state, military,
medicine and religion) influence and regulate sexual desires and behaviors?
How do these institutions
portray information and knowledge about sexual desires and behaviors?
Do these institutions provide us