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Sexual Deviance

This course introduces students to a socio-historical understanding of sexual difference otherwise known as “sexual deviancy”. The approach taken will differ significantly from psychological and psychiatric approaches in which sexual difference is understood as pathology and/or perversion. By taking a socio-historical approach, we will be able to chart how various desires and behaviours deemed sexual, have been conceptualized and categorized as unnatural, deviant and in need of study and regulation. Particular focus will be paid to the social construction of homosexuality, female sexuality, swinging and SM.

SOCIOL 4GG3

Sexual Deviance

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): IV Term(s): Fall Offered?: Yes

This course introduces students to a socio-historical understanding of sexual difference otherwise known as “sexual deviancy”. The approach taken will differ significantly from psychological and psychiatric approaches in which sexual difference is understood as pathology and/or perversion. By taking a socio-historical approach, we will be able to chart how various desires and behaviours deemed sexual, have been conceptualized and categorized as unnatural, deviant and in need of study and regulation. Particular focus will be paid to the social construction of homosexuality, female sexuality, swinging and SM.


Prerequisite(s): SOCIOL 2C06 and registration in Level IV of any Honours Sociology or Honours Social Psychology program SOCIOL 4GG3 may be repeated, if on a different topic, to a total of six units.