90:355 The Sociology of Sexualities [Petrella]

This course is a critical survey of the ways in which sexuality has been recently theorized. It examines how social theory has explained the dynamics of identity formation, gender appropriation, sexual orientation, and appetite. The course will be organized around the following questions:

· What do we know about “sex”?

· How does social theory explain gender difference and sexual behaviour?

· How are genders and sexual scripts constituted?

Students will be asked to contest notions of sexual normality and deconstruct the genders scripts attached to them.

Instructor: Serena Petrella