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SOC 389-001: Spec Tops In Sociology: Intersex: Biology & Gender (Fall 2012)

Topic: Intersex: Biology & Gender

TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
1462 Clifton Rd 126
Marsteller, Patricia. Freeman, Sara. 42143 TBA.

August 29, 2012- December 11, 2012

Crosslisted: BIOL385-000, WGS385-001.

Catalog Description: A seminar or lecture series on topics of special sociological concern.

Semester Details:

Prerequisite: One 100-level course in your home department.

Intersex is defined as the presence of intermediate or atypical combinations of physical features that usually distinguish female from male, and conservative statistics estimate that it affects 1 in every 2,000 babies born in the United States.  Despite the fact that many of the biological causes for intersex are well-described, there remains a considerable lack of social awareness and understanding of intersexuality.  This class is an introduction to both the developmental biology and sociology of intersex in humans.  Topics will include: chromosomal biology, sexual differentiation, endocrinology, and anatomy, as well as the social issues related to intersex, such as the social construction of gender, the role of gender in our society, and relevant legal and ethical issues for the intersex community.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Fausto-Sterling, Anne. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality.
    ISBN: 9780465077144.
  2. Kessler, Suzanne J. Lessons from the Intersexed.
    ISBN: 9780813525303.
  3. Germon, Jennifer. Gender: The Genelogy of an Idea.
    ISBN: 9780230608276.


Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
in-class activities
short take-home writing assignments
final research paper
class presentationon a topic of your choice

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.

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