Sophomore Seminars

Sexuality and Society

HUMBIO 79Q

This seminar will explore how sexual identity, attitudes, and behaviors are shaped by the messages sent by the various agents of society such as schools; family; peers; media; and religious, medical, and political institutions. We will dis­cuss the interaction of biology, psychology, and socio-cultural factors, such as gender roles and sexual/relationship scripts, as well as the intersection of sexuality and notions of love, romance, and commitment. We will examine critical develop­mental periods, such as adolescence and emerging adulthood, in depth. You will explore your own values and feelings about sexuality and come to an understanding of how these beliefs were formed. We will discuss how information about sexuality is disseminated in our society and what we can do to help ensure that such information is used in a way that promotes healthy self-conceptions, behavior, and relationships.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Lisa Medoff

Lisa Medoff holds a master's degree in counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in adolescent development from Stanford University. She teaches courses on adolescent development, adolescent sexuality, and adolescent mental health in the Program on Human Biology at Stanford. Dr. Medoff is also the Learning Specialist at the Stanford School of Medicine and works privately with adolescents. Her books include the Stressed Out Students' Guide series and Resilience in the Classroom: Helping Students with Special Needs.