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Spring 2017-2018
* AAS 358 / REL 379 / GSS 359 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Sexuality and Religion in America

Wallace D. Best

Sexuality has long been a contested and contentious issue within American religions, yet only recently have scholars and practitioners begun to forthrightly address it. This course will explore the emerging literature on sexuality and religion as a way to understand how approaches to sex and sexuality within "sacred spaces" have shaped private behavior and public opinion. We will give particular attention to American Evangelical and Catholic religious expressions for the way they have been especially influential in framing (and inhibiting) sexual discourse and practices in the US and throughout the world.

Sample reading list:
Michael Foucault, History of Sexuality
Kelly Brown Douglas , Sexuality and the Black Church
Ann Pellegrini, Love the Sin
Lawrence Foster, Religion and Sexuality
JDG Wrathall, Take the Young Stranger by the Hand
D'Emilio and Freedman, A History of Sexuality in America
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages of reading per week.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40870 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:16 Limit:20