Program Details

Human Sexuality and Social Change: The Case of the United States Since the 1960s

Robert Caputi

Course Description

This interactive series will explore the "Sexual Revolution" of the 1960s which is still unfolding. This series will analyze the 1960s counter culture and its challenges to dominant norms, mores, and behaviors, resulting in numerous new behaviors. Participants will learn how sexuality is socially and historically constructed in U.S. society through social institutions, including government, family, religion, schools, sports, and workplaces. Theories and strategies of activists and scholars from various perspectives will be examined. This series will be enhanced with PowerPoint, audio/visual material, and discussion. Space is limited.


  1. The Sexual Revolution of the 1960s
  2. The Current State of Sexual and Gender Diversity
  3. What is an Intersectional Approach to Understanding Sexuality?
  4. Current Social Problems and Controversies

About the Instructor

  • Robert Caputi, Ph.D. earned his doctoral degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2011, and before joining the FAU faculty in January 2019, he taught at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Long Island University, Post. His dissertation was an ethnographic study of the sexual aesthetics and sexual politics of the bear community, a gay male subculture. Caputi is currently teaching undergraduate courses on the FAU's Boca Raton and Davie campuses including Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Mass Media, Sociology of Popular culture, Gender and Society, Human Sexuality and Social Change, and Introduction to Research Methods.