Course Description

An exploration of the variations in the social construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, heterosexual, transgender, and queer identities and communities in contemporary American society through study of gay and queer literature, history, theory, religious and legal issues and the arts including film, music, television, and visual arts.

In particular, this course explores the historical interpretations of sexuality, and how understanding issues of sexuality and gender are complicated in a history that often criminalized or ignored otherness altogether.

Course Goals:

  • Understand the basic concepts and categories of feminist analysis; i.e. sex, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class.
  • Examine the concepts and consequences of gender and gender roles and their connections to private and public spheres.
  • Examine issues of media, culture and representation from a gendered perspective.
  • Demonstrate through writing, speaking, and other forms of communication the ability to:
    • Utilize critical and theoretical perspectives
    • Apply interdisciplinary methods
    • Practice critical self-reflection