The Psychology of Heterosexuality

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Psych of Heterosexuality
Fall 2022
Taught By: Pantea Farvid
Section: A

CRN: 14576

Credits: 3

Heterosexuality is both pervasive and normative, yet, ironically quite elusive and under researched or theorised in psychology. Historically, psychological research has assumed that heterosexuality was a ‘given’ and ‘normal’, and focused its work on sexualities that sit outside this supposed norm. In this course we dislodge heterosexuality’s privileged status within psychology by putting it under the theoretical and empirical microscope. Students become familiar with interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary deconstructions of heterosexuality, as combined with a psychological focus. The content draws on the instructor's upcoming scholarly book The Psychology of Heterosexuality to unravel the following: The history of heterosexuality, theorizing heterosexuality; heterosexuality in the social and cultural context, embodying heterosexuality (gender, identity and everyday practices); doing heterosexuality (heterosexuality and intimate relationships) and undoing heterosexuality (gender and sexual fluidity). Students will learn how to integrate this new psychology of heterosexuality into their understanding of how heteronormativity shapes our daily lives as well as individual and collective psychologies.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:00pm EST 1/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 517
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/6/2022