SC291-5-AU-CO:
Sociology of Sexualities

The details
2019/20
Sociology
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15
16 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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SC101, SC107

 

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Key module for

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Module description

The module will explore changes in sexual equality in recent decades, including developments in social opportunities for lesbian and gay people in Western societies. The 'Sociology of Sexuality' is focused mainly on the exploration of non-normative or 'transgressive' sexualities and ways of being. During the course, we will also look at the role played by cultural representations in the construction and negotiation of sexual identities in the West and we will see how in mass mediated societies the visual field is the privileged terrain for the critical study and articulation of homosexual politics of visibility. Finally, the module considers the rise in the 'sexualisation' of culture and its implications for the study and theorising of sexuality and visual culture more widely.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce students to a broad range of studies that explore contemporary sexual identities, rights and visual culture.

Module learning outcomes

To gain an insight into sociology of sexualities.

Module information

Overview of lecture topics:

Theories and approaches to the study of intimate life; Sexing and gendering visual culture; Cross-cultural images of same-sex behaviours; Homosexualities in Western culture and history; Gay politics: becoming visible; Sexual communities and cultures; Diseased sexualities: the challenges of HIV and AIDS; Sexual identities in conflict; Out of the representational closet; Gay liberation and beyond: some ideas for the future.

Learning and teaching methods

The course will be taught in the format of a weekly lecture followed by a class.

Bibliography

  • (2016) Introducing the new sexuality studies, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Plummer, Kenneth. (c2003) Intimate citizenship: private decisions and public dialogues, Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  • (2012) Understanding global sexualities: new frontiers, Abingdon: Routledge. vol. Sexuality, culture and health series
  • Brickell, Chris. (2000-06) 'Heroes and Invaders: Gay and Lesbian pride parades and the public/private distinction in New Zealand media accounts', in Gender, Place & Culture. vol. 7 (2) , pp.163-178
  • Lyons, Andrew P.; Lyons, Harriet. (2011) Sexualities in anthropology: a reader, Malden, Mass: Wiley-Blackwell. vol. Blackwell Anthologies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Gilbert Herdt. (1994) 'Notes and Queries on Sexual Excitement in Sambia Culture', in Etnofoor: Stichting Etnofoor., pp.25-41
  • Paasonen, Susanna; Nikunen, Kaarina; Saarenmaa, Laura. (2007) Pornification: sex and sexuality in media culture, Oxford: Berg.
  • Richardson, Diane; Seidman, Steven. (2002) Handbook of lesbian and gay studies, London: SAGE.
  • Puar, Jasbir K. (c2007) Terrorist assemblages: homonationalism in queer times, Durham: Duke University Press. vol. Next wave
  • Mepschen, Paul; Duyvendak, Jan Willem; Tonkens, Evelien H. (2010-10) 'Sexual Politics, Orientalism and Multicultural Citizenship in the Netherlands', in Sociology. vol. 44 (5) , pp.962-979
  • Watney, Simon. (1987-24) 'The Spectacle of AIDS', in October. vol. 43, pp.71-
  • Lisa M. Walker. (1993) 'How to Recognize a Lesbian: The Cultural Politics of Looking like What You Are', in Signs. vol. 18 (4) , pp.866-890
  • Abelove, Henry; Barale, Michèle Aina; Halperin, David M. (1993) The Lesbian and gay studies reader, New York: Routledge.
  • Mattson, Greggor. (2015-12) 'Style and the value of gay nightlife: Homonormative placemaking in San Francisco', in Urban Studies. vol. 52 (16) , pp.3144-3159
  • Weeks, Jeffrey. (2016) Coming out: the emergence of LGBT identities in Britain from the nineteenth century to the present, London: Quartet Books Limited.
  • Attwood, F. (2006-02-01) 'Sexed Up: Theorizing the Sexualization of Culture', in Sexualities. vol. 9 (1) , pp.77-94
  • (2016) Introducing the new sexuality studies, New York: Routledge.
  • Herman, D. (2005-02-01) ''I'm Gay': Declarations, Desire, and Coming Out On Prime-Time Television', in Sexualities. vol. 8 (1) , pp.7-29
  • Weeks, Jeffrey. (1977) Coming out: homosexual politics in Britain, from the nineteenth century to the present, London: Quartet Books.
  • Yue, A. (2008-02-01) 'Gay Asian Sexual Health in Australia: Governing HIV/AIDS, Racializing Biopolitics and Performing Conformity', in Sexualities. vol. 11 (1-2) , pp.227-244
  • Warner, M. (no date) Introduction: Fear of a Queer Planet.
  • Jaspal, Rusi; Williamson, Iain. (2017-05-02) 'Identity management strategies among HIV-positive Colombian gay men in London', in Culture, Health & Sexuality., pp.1-15
  • Gill, R. (2009-04-01) 'Beyond the 'Sexualization of Culture' Thesis: An Intersectional Analysis of 'Sixpacks', 'Midriffs' and 'Hot Lesbians' in Advertising', in Sexualities. vol. 12 (2) , pp.137-160
  • Sullivan, Nikki. (c2003) A critical introduction to queer theory, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Binnie, Jon; Klesse, Christian. (2013-08) '‘Like a Bomb in the Gasoline Station’: East–West Migration and Transnational Activism around Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Politics in Poland', in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. vol. 39 (7) , pp.1107-1124
  • Brown, Gavin. (2009-06) 'Thinking beyond Homonormativity: Performative Explorations of Diverse Gay Economies', in Environment and Planning A. vol. 41 (6) , pp.1496-1510

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Essay 16/01/2020 100%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Róisín Ryan-Flood
Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator, email: socugrad@essex.ac.uk, telephone: 01206 873052

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 22 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Sociology

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