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SOC 128 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Sex Education, Individualism, Pansexuality


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 128
Professor
Jaime S Becker
Lecture
1

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SOC 128: Unit One
What is sociology? The study of human social activity, organization and interaction/
search for pattern behavior and social (not individual) explanations for societal
outcomes
Sexuality is a part of everyday interaction (assessment of other people)
Sexuality is much more complex than an individual
Team Answers:
Not choosing
That gender is binary
Sociological perspective can see the diversity of sex, gender, etc.
Narrow vs. broad perspective
Sex education (binary)
Paradox
Study social phenomena @ 3 levels
Micro-social level
Meso or middle level taught and socialize about the world around, who / what we
should be
Macro- social level structural level/institutional level ex. Binary bathrooms, national
and international laws about sexuality
*Our everyday interactions strain these levels *
Class Discussion
More acceptable for women to identify outside binary
Marriage
Workplace
Military
Educational systems
Social Stratification
Differentiation based on identity categories
Different access to resources
Unequal treatment
What are some identity categories our culture finds highly significant?
Class
Age
Gender
Race
Politics
Religion
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