WGST 202
Introduction to Sexuality Studies Spring 2010
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
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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, Sedgwick, Riggs, Halley, Warner, Berlant, Chauncey, Chee, Feinberg, Manalaslan, Crimp, Lorde, McBride, 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.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3398
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation in discussion, critical responses, 3 short papers (3-5 pages), final paper (9-11 pages)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Women's and Gender Studies majors
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
WGST Racial, Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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