• Course ID: 050:301:B1
  • Credits: 3
  • Instructor Name: Appels

An overview of the psychological and humanist literature on modern conceptions of love, courtship, and sexual behavior. How does one navigate romance in the midst of gender identity politics, sexual identity, and mediated sexuality? First we explore love relationships and values representing various cultures and times beginning with ancient attitudes toward love in Aristophanes, Sappho, Plato, and The Greek Anthology. Contemporary dating practices and sexual expressivity will both be considered from the standpoint of sociology, psychology, healthcare, and humanistic studies. The arts will serve as a primary pedagogic tool for understanding dimensions of human love and dating. Alternative medicine will also be considered in relation to urban sexual practices. American culture of the last few decades has shown a heightened concern for sexual behavior, practices, and preferences. Other decades have prioritized love relations, love letters, romance, and reflection on courtship practices. This seminar will investigate why one approach often eclipses the other. (Start 5/26 - End 7/3)