“I am now more confident that the experiences that form my identity are legitimate. I am able to understand this by hearing other people talking about their life. Before, DD I was not confident that my identity was worth talking about because I did not see my experiences as real or as important as other people’s, especially since other people talk about how their identity was more impactful day to day. Now I do not feel the same way.”

– Student Participant Spring 2017

Fall 2019​ Course Offering

SOCI 160 – Sociology of Sexualities
Kathleen Guidroz

Lecture (3 cr) Section 1: 11:00am-12:15 pm, TR | Aug 28 – Dec 20, 2019
Lecture (3 cr) Section 2: 2:00 pm-3:15 pm, TR | Aug 28 – Dec 20, 2019
A Different Dialogue Lab Section (1 cr):
6:00-8:00pm, T | Sep 10, 2019 – Nov 05, 2019

Course Description:

In this 4-credit course, we will examine sexual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors from a sociological perspective. We will also consider how the biology of sex gets sociologically constructed, and the myriad ways sexual desire and sexual activity are structured by social relations. Cross-cultural and historical accounts of sexual practices and sexual identities will be considered, as well as the contemporary theories and methods in sexuality studies. The course also focuses on the ways in which sexuality as social institution and identity intersects with other major hierarchies of privilege and inequality. As a requirement of this course, students will partake in A Different Dialogue as its 1-credit lab component. This intergroup dialogue lab will allow students to extend their understanding of sexualities and draw connections to other social identities such as gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and social class. Students will conclude the course with a knowledge- and skills-based research project on a relevant topic.