SOCI143 Introduction to Queer Studies
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Sociology
- I. Course Number and Title
- SOCI143 Introduction to Queer Studies
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- In this course, students explore historical and contemporary ways that gender and sexuality have been regulated by cultural norms and social institutions. Students examine how homophobia and transphobia are inextricably linked to racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression. Students analyze Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Queer political movements.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- explain and use key terms and concepts within the field of Queer Studies;
- explore sex, gender, and sexuality as social constructs and biological categories;
- analyze institutionalized power, privilege, and oppression as they relate to intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, and other social locations; and
- analyze and critique the inclusivity and effectiveness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer political movements.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- Introduction to Queer Studies: terms and concepts
- History of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer movements
- Cross-cultural understandings of gender and sexuality
- Intersectionality of homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, classism, and other systems of oppression
- Transgender and bisexual politics and culture
- Compulsory heterosexuality and heteronormativity
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsThe assessment of course learning goals is based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and projects.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Experimental; first offered Fall 2020