WGSS 202
Foundations in Sexuality Studies Fall 2017
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, 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.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1581
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: pen pal assignment, podcast assignment, final essay exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies majors, short statement of interest in case of over-enrollment
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
WGSS Theory Courses

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