New Course, Intro to Queer Studies, Offered This Fall
The three-credit course, offered remotely online every Thursday starting Aug. 27, explores a myriad of gender and sexual issues in a historic and social context
Bucks County Community College proudly introduces a new course this fall, Introduction to Queer Studies, which will explore the historical and contemporary ways that gender and sexuality have been regulated by cultural norms and societal institutions.
The course will examine how homophobia and transphobia are inextricably linked to racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression all while analyzing Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual and Queer – or LGBTQ+ – political movements.
Max Probst, the associate professor of sociology who proposed the experimental course, said that over more than a decade of teaching at Bucks, he noticed that students have been really engaged in topics around LGBTQ+ issues.
“I wanted to offer students the opportunity to study these issues in-depth, and learn about queer studies concepts and theories,” said Probst. “We will examine the political movements that fought for marriage equality, transgender healthcare rights, adoption rights, anti-bullying legislation, hate crime legislation, and legislation related to LGBTQ+ people in the military, and much more.”
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The three-credit course will meet online remotely every Thursday from 1:40 to 4:10 p.m. for 15 weeks starting August 27. It will be run as a seminar with student-led discussions and presentations, according to Probst, and there is no required textbook – students will have free and open access to classical and contemporary readings in queer theory and queer studies.
Probst, who has a bachelor’s degree in Women & Gender Studies, a master’s in Sociology & Diversity Studies, and a master's in Social Work, says this is an important topic for anyone to learn about in 2020.
“We have seen many strides for equality for people in the LGBTQ+ community, but we still have a long way to go,” he said. “By studying the past and present, we can learn how to address what happens in the future.”
For more information about Introduction to Queer Studies, contact Professor Max Probst at Max.Probst@bucks.edu. To register, visit Bucks.edu/fall. The course, offered through the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, is listed as SOCI 143.
About the Professor
Max Probst has taught sociology at Bucks County Community College since 2009. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Women & Gender Studies, a master’s in Sociology & Diversity Studies, and a master's in Social Work. Since 2004, Probst has taught Introduction to Sociology, Peoples of America, Women & Gender Studies, Racism & Sexism in the U.S., Sociology of Women, Social Problems, and Introduction to Cultural Anthropology at various higher education institutions. He has also presented on “Contested Identities: Butch, Femme and Transgender,” “Having a Gay Old Time: Aging in the Gay Male Community,” and “Invisible Minorities: Advocacy for LGBTQ Students in Higher Education.” He lives in Bucks County with his partner, two dogs and two cats.