Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

Sexuality in Graduate Curricula: Theoretical Frameworks and Entreaty for Developing Scholarship
Jane James JD, LMSW

Intended as both elaboration and synthesis of these authors’ previous work (Sexuality in Graduate Curricula: Education, Integration, and Implication for Social Work), this paper provides a critical analysis of existing theoretical perspectives on sexuality and seeks to explain their value to individuals, to social workers, and to society. As interpreted by sociology, sexuality is regulated by societal norms, and expectations of behavior are entrenched within the tapestry of institutions designed to promote them, judged by the context in which they occur. This paper seeks to explore this underlying construct and offer a critical analysis of the many theories which its application has begotten. In addition, it examines the topic’s complexity and underscores the need for ongoing research. The authors hope the reader will see the time is now, to incorporate relevant discourse into professional practice. As presented herein, this challenge is no better tackled than by developing MSW curricula inclusive of sexuality.

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