PSYC 0212 - From Disorder to Orientation

Credits: 3

This course takes an in-depth look at how the field of psychology has historically dealt with the issue of sexual orientation. Applicable psychological theories and their subsequent evolution or demise are discussed in the context of history. Among issues discussed are the nature vs. nurture controversy, heterosexism, homophobia, unlearned privilege, oppression, visibility, and relationship/family structures. Differences and similarities are discussed for those who define themselves as LGBTQ, as well as examined in cultural and global contexts. While the course content grounds students in a historical understanding of how far psychology has come, it also provides opportunity for debate and discussion on contemporary issues and psychology's contemporary contributions to understanding sexual orientation.

Prerequisites: PSYC 0101 .

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