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Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

This course will provide an introduction into Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies. Considering LBGTQ Studies as an interdisciplinary field using humanities text-based critical analysis, this course will focus on how the central concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity work within history, politics, literature, technology, art, music, philosophy, and literature. Throughout this course, students will work towards a deep understanding of the intersectional dynamics of privilege and oppression as they relate to LGBTQ individuals and culture by exploring the lived experiences of LGBTQ individuals and their partners/families.

Critically read, discuss, analyze, and write about the assigned readings and central course themes. A key part of this process will be the application of course concepts to current cultural conversations and, potentially, students’ lived experiences. Build both a specific and general knowledge of the history and current dialogues regarding LGBTQ issues across multiple disciplines and across multiple forms of media concerning a variety of issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity (e.g., journal articles, online resources, textbook readings, film, and literature, and music). Understand the concepts of gender and sexuality [unpacking foundational social concepts that structure how we move in the world and understand ourselves] through the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, which in turn are necessary skills for interacting with and responding to diverse groups of people, particularly in the LGBTQ community.

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