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Sexuality and Society
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.