WGSS 202 Fall 2014 Introduction to Sexuality Studies (D)

This course will offer an introduction to the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer studies, in part through examining historical, legal, literary, filmic, cultural studies, sociological, and popular texts, as well as work done under the umbrella of queer theory. Subjects covered may include the following: histories of sexualities in the U.S., feminism and its relation to queer studies; how sexuality is racialized; transgender and intersex theory and activism; globalization and sexuality; and strategies of resistance and visibility such as those evidenced by AIDS activism/theory and debates over gay marriage. An essential part of the course will be exploring how race, class, religion, and nationality contribute to the construction and lived experience of modern gender and sexual identities. Readings may include works by Foucault, Butler, Sedgwick, Warner, Berlant, Stryker, Puar, Ferguson, Muñoz, Freeman, El-Tayeb, Halberstam, Crimp, Lorde, Najmabadi, and Massad. This class meets the requirements of the Exploring Diversity Initiative in that it emphasizes empathetic understanding of gender and sexual diversity; studying relations of power and privilege as they apply to sexual, gender, racial, class and national identities and practices; and foregrounds critical theorization of gender and sexuality.
Class Format: discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: paper proposal and annotated bib, 8-10 page final paper, LGBT prison pen-pal reflection
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: WGSS majors, short statement of interest in case of over-enrollment
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives,WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1798
WGSS 202 - 01 (F) SEM Intro Sexuality Studies (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Gregory C. Mitchell
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Griffin 1 1798
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