|Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate, Queer Studies|
In a 2003 op-ed in support of same-sex marriage, conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks writes, "Anybody who has several sexual partners in a year is committing spiritual suicide. He or she is ripping the veil from all that is private and delicate in oneself, and pulverizing it in an assembly line of selfish sensations." Brooks is far from alone in this critique of promiscuity. What is it about "casual encounters" and hookup culture that so disturbs? Why is sex a magnet for anxieties about selfishness and irresponsibility? Why do we think of anonymity and intimacy in sex as mutually exclusive? What do we make of desires that are politically troubling? On what basis are particular forms of sex and sexuality vilified or valued? Is love the antidote to sexual hedonism, or hedonism in disguise? This course will consider widespread cultural anxieties about sex, sexuality, desire, and pleasure from sociological and psychoanalytic perspectives.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(SOC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Course reader may include texts by Leo Bersani, Gayle Rubin, Adam Phillips, Laura Kipnis, Amia Srinivasan, Andrea Long Chu, Maggie Nelson, Mollena Williams, Nona Willis-Aronowitz, Samuel Delany, and more.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly writing assignments, final paper or project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students may petition to have SOC151 pre-requisite waived, if they have taken a similar introductory course or a course focused on sex and sexuality.
|Instructor(s): Goldberg,Greg Times: ...W... 07:10PM-10:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 7||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 1||SO: 1||FR: 0|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 35||1st Ranked: 11||2nd Ranked: 13||3rd Ranked: 8||4th Ranked: 3||Unranked: 0|