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Sociology of Sexualities

Sociology of Sexualities is an examination of the various social, historical and cultural processes through which ideas about sexuality and gender have been and are continually constructed. This course takes the perspective that sexuality is not necessarily a biological certainty. Even what appears to be self-apparent in terms of sexuality, gender and the physical body can be attributed to cultural meaning and social practice rather than human biology. Ethnographic and historical research has demonstrated that human beings articulate varied ideas about sexuality and that these notions are inextricably tied to the cultural, religious, social and economic fabric of a given society. Finally, by examining the ways sexuality is tied to power relations this course will attend to the intersections of ethnicity, religion, gender, and race.

SOCIOL 3U03

Sociology of Sexualities

Unit(s): 3.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Winter, Fall Offered?: Yes

Sociology of Sexualities is an examination of the various social, historical and cultural processes through which ideas about sexuality and gender have been and are continually constructed. This course takes the perspective that sexuality is not necessarily a biological certainty. Even what appears to be self-apparent in terms of sexuality, gender and the physical body can be attributed to cultural meaning and social practice rather than human biology. Ethnographic and historical research has demonstrated that human beings articulate varied ideas about sexuality and that these notions are inextricably tied to the cultural, religious, social and economic fabric of a given society. Finally, by examining the ways sexuality is tied to power relations this course will attend to the intersections of ethnicity, religion, gender, and race.


Tina Fetner

Associate Professor

Prerequisite(s): SOCIOL 1A06. SOCIOL 2Q06 is strongly recommended. Priority will be given to students registered in a Sociology program.