CES 257 Queer Studies • 5 Cr.
Explore the social, cross-cultural, and historical issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified peoples in the United States. Using cultural studies, sociology, literature, art, history, and popular culture, we will investigate the relationship between homophobia, heterosexism, heterosexuality and the societal structures that create and perpetuate systems of inequality. May be used to satisfy either Social Science or Humanities credit.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
Explain the difference between "sex" and "gender";
Demonstrate the ability to explore the intersections of sexuality with race, class, and gender;
Critically analyze the relationships between homophobia, heterosexism, compulsory heterosexuality and the societal structures that create and perpetuate them;
Develop and strengthen their ability to theorize complex current issues and politics surrounding LGBTQ communities and identities;
Examine queer politics and activism by accounting for political, social, and historical climates;
Be able to identify major historical LGBTQ developments and figures; and
Explore the prevalence of racism, classism, and sexism within queer communities and politics.
- Winter 2015 (current quarter)