LGBTQIA+ Related School Courses

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ANTH CMMU FMST HIS POLI PSYC SOCY GRAD 


    Anthropology

  • ANTH 126 - Sexuality and Society in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    The meaning and social processes associated with sexuality in selected societies. Examination of variations in sexual expressions and control of sexuality, and in economic and political organizations, highlights the interrelationship of sex and society. Prerequisite(s): course 2. 

    ANTH 148 - Gender and Development
    Uses the critical tools of feminist theory and cultural anthropology to look at how global development discourses and institutions mobilize, reinforce, and challenge systems of gender-based inequality. Topics include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development practice, microcredit, and technocrat cultures. (Formerly Gender and Development.) (Also offered as Feminist Studies 148. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.)

    ANTH 194R - Religion, Gender, Sexuality
    Examines religion in relation to gender and sexuality. Examines how gender, sexuality, and religion intersect in notions of civilization, progress, and modernity in the contemporary and colonial periods. Particular attention paid to Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, and courses 1 and 2 and 3. Enrollment restricted to senior anthropology majors. 

    ANTH 255 - Regulating Religion/Sex
    First examines the regulation of religion and the normalization of sex/sexuality as parallel modalities of secular rule in the production of modern citizens and subjects. Ultimately inquires into the relationship between "proper" religion and "proper" sexuality in secular state formations. (Formerly course 259.) Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. 

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  • Community Studies

  • CMMU 151 - Sex, Race, and Globalization
    Examines globalization by attending to shaping forces of sexuality, gender, and race. Foregrounds Third World feminist theories, social movements. Topics include sexual and racial dynamics of "free trade" and labor fragmentation; global sex trades; HIV/AIDS politics in the South and North; transnational LGBT/queer politics.

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  • Feminist Studies

  • FMST 20 - Feminism and Social Justice
    Examines, and critically analyzes, select post-World War II movements for social justice in the United States from feminist perspectives. Considers how those movements and their participants responded to issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality. A feminist, transnational, analytic framework is also developed to consider how those movements may have embraced, enhanced, or debilitated feminist formations in other parts of the world. (Formerly course 80A.) (General Education Code(s): ER.)

    FMST 40 - Sexuality and Globalization
    Examines the relationship between sexuality and the contemporary term "globalization" as a dense entanglement of processes that emerges from a history of U.S. empire. Sexuality cannot be separated from power struggles over the classification of bodies, territories, and questions of temporality. Examines how sexualized contact zones produce new knowledge, commerce, inequalities, possibilities, and identities. (Formerly course 80B.) (General Education Code(s): CC.)

    FMST 41 - Trans Gender Bodies
    Draws from representations of transgender people in popular, biomedical, and political contexts. Examines the impact of transgender lives on concepts of gender, identity, and technology. Engages with biological and sexological frameworks of sex/gender, trans experience, and social movements and theories. (Formerly course 80M.)

    FMST 100 - Feminist Theories
    Core course for feminist studies. Serves as an introduction to thinking theoretically about issues of feminism within multiple contexts and intellectual traditions. Sustained discussion of gender and its critical connections to productions of race, class, and sexuality. Focus will change each year. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

    FMST 115 - Gender, Sexuality, and Transnational Migration Across The Americas
    Examines migration as a mode of inquiry into transnational practices across geographic locales and temporal zones. Analyzes migration in relation to the transnational formation of gender, race, and sexuality as well as processes of neocolonialism, the state, and globalization. Prerequisite(s): course 1, 100, or 145. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (General Education Code(s): ER.)

    FMST 132 - Gender and Postcoloniality
    Postcolonial feminist studies. Explores how discourses of gender and sexuality shaped the policies and ideologies of the historical processes of colonialism, the civilizing mission, and anticolonial nationalism. Considers orientalism as a gendered discourse as well as colonial understandings of gender and sexuality in decolonialization. Explores Western media representations, literature, the law, and the place of gender in the current debate between cultural relativism and universalism. Provides an understanding of some key terms in postcolonial studies and an in-depth examination of the place of gender in these processes. Enrollment restricted to juniors and seniors. Enrollment limited to 20.

    FMST 135 - Topics in Science and Sexuality
    Introduces the multiple debates animating the linkages between science, race, and sexuality. Interrogates the interrelated, epistemological frameworks of science and sexuality/queer studies across a range of interdisciplinary and geopolitical locations. Prerequisite(s): course 100 or 145. Enrollment restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Enrollment limited to 25. May be repeated for credit.

    FMST 145 - Racial and Gender Formations in the U.S
    Introduces the defining issues surrounding racial and gender formations in the U.S. through an understanding of the term "women of color" as an emergent, dynamic, and socio-political phenomenon. Interrogates organizing practices around women of color across multiple sites: film and media, globalization, representation, sexuality, historiography, and war, to name a select few. (General Education Code(s): ER.)

    FMST 175 - Gender and Sexualities in Latina/o America
    Advanced topics in gender and sexuality in Latin America and Latina/o studies. Analyzes role of power, race, coloniality, national and transnational processes in the production and analysis of genders and sexualities. Materials include memoir, fiction, ethnography, social documentary and history. (Formerly, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America.) Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior feminist studies majors or by permission of instructor. (General Education Code(s): CC.)
    FMST 188 - Topics in Feminist Studies 
    Focuses on a particular topic in feminist theory. Topics vary each offering but might include theorizing the gendered subject, racializing gender, politics and feminism, the relationship between queer theory and feminism, transgender studies, women of color feminisms, postcolonial and decolonial feminisms, feminist science studies. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. May be repeated for credit.

    FMST 189 - Advance Feminist Theory 
    Focus on a particular problem in feminist theory. Problems vary each year but might include theorizing the gendered subject, racializing gender, the meeting points of psychoanalysis and social-political analysis in theorizing gender, the relationship between queer theory and feminist theory, postcolonial feminist theory. Prerequisite(s): course 100. Enrollment restricted to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Enrollment limited to 20. May be repeated for credit.

    FMST 194B - Queer/Feminist Historiography 
    Providing for a critical examination of canonical formations in history and archives, this course proposes new ways of thinking about history from the point of view of those who have been marginalized or excluded by race, class, gender, or sexuality. Prerequisite(s): course 100; and at least two upper-division feminist study couses; and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 18.

    FMST 194H - Michael Foucault: An Introduction
    French philosopher Michel Foucault's writings on modern forms of knowledge, power, and subjectivity provide a serious challenge to how we negotiate social oppression. Engages some of Foucault's most cited works, and grapples specifically with his primary claim that modern societies are marked less by freedom and autonomy than by discipline and docility. Prerequisite(s): courses 1 and 100; and satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to juniors, seniors, and graduate feminist studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.

    FMST 194I - Feminist Oral History and Memoir
    Designed to train students in oral history and memoir writing. Emphasizes the specialness of transgressive voices; race, class, and sexuality, women's silence, erasure, censorship, and marginalization are addressed. The politics of memory, narratives, storytelling, and editorial judgment are considered. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; course 100. Enrollment restricted to senior feminist studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.

    FMST 194M - Empire and Sexuality
    Explores the production of sexualities, sexual identification, and gender differentiation within multiple contexts of colonialism, decolonization, and emerging neo-colonial global formations. (Formerly course 118.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; course 100 or 145. Enrollment restricted to senior feminist studies majors. Enrollment limited to 18.

    FMST 194N - Gender, Class, and Sex in Shanghai
    Focusing on Shanghai, course examines issues of gender, class, and sex in modern urban Chinese history. Given Shanghai's history as a treaty port, particular attention paid to ways in which its semi-colonial status inflected the articulation of gender identities, class formations and issues of sexuality (particularly sexual labor). Also looks at Shanghai during the Maoist period and in the context of more contemporary economic reforms. (Also offered as History 194A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; and History 40B, 140C, 140D, or 140E, or permission of instructor. Restricted to junior and senior feminist studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.

    FMST 194O - The Politics of Gender and Human Rights
    Examines human rights projects and discourses with a focus on the politics of gender, sexuality, race, and rights in the international sphere. Reading important human rights documents and theoretical writings, and addressing particular case studies, emphasizes the tensions between the ideals of the universal and the particular inherent in human rights law, activism, and humanitarianism. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; courses 1 and 100. Enrollment restricted to senior feminist studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.

    FMST 194Q - Queer Diasporas 
    Queer diaspora emerged from Third World/queer-of-color critique of queer theory and provides a framework for analyzing racializations, genders, and sexualities in colonial, developmental, and modernizing contexts. Readings from anthropology, history, literature, and feminist and cultural studies. Prerequisite(s): course 100 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 20.

    FMST 194T - Transgender Studies
    Explores literature from the natural sciences, anthropology, history, cultural studies, and sociology. Provides theoretical approaches to complex questions in queer studies and geopolitics, and a framework for understanding embodiment, medical regulation, gender formation, the human/animal divide, etc. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to senior feminist studies majors. Enrollment limited to 20.

    FMST 207 - Topics in Queer/Race Studies
    Explores the interrelated epistemological frameworks of critical race studies and queer studies. Through the study of a range of philosophical, scientific, literary, and cinematic texts, course historicizes and theorizes discourses of race and sexuality. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    FMST 211 - Sexuality, Race, and Migration in the Americas
    Analyzes the ways transnational processes intersect with changing notions of gender, sexuality, and race. Examines processes such as tourism, the Internet, capitalism, and labor spanning Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    FMST 222 - Religion, Feminism, and Sexual Politics
    Focuses on the increasing importance of religion as a category of analysis in feminist theory. Addresses the relationship of religion, feminist politics, and activism in connection with nationalism, the family, sexuality, and geopolitics. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

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  • History

  • HIS 80N - Gender, Labor, and Feminist Productions
    Examines how constructions of gender and intersecting constructions of race, class, and sexuality define the power of women differentially in the world of work. Beginning with the history of emancipation, traces the broader constructions of paid and unpaid labor in the 20th-century U.S. Traces the specific histories of transgender women workers, specific regional and industrial histories, and those marked by the meaning given to African, Asian, Euro-, indigenous, and Mexican descent in the construction of gender and work. Uses feminist methodology and contemporaneous visual and written work by women artists and filmmakers. (General Education Code(s): CC.)

    HIS 194A - Gender, Class, and Sex in Shanghai
    Focusing on Shanghai, course examines issues of gender, class, and sex in modern urban Chinese history. Given Shanghai's history as a treaty port, particular attention paid to ways in which its semi-colonial status inflected the articulation of gender identities, class formations and issues of sexuality (particularly sexual labor). Also looks at Shanghai during the Maoist period and in the context of more contemporary economic reforms. (Also offered as Feminist Studies 194N. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; and course 140C, or 140D, or 140E, or permission of instructor. Restricted to junior and senior history majors. Enrollment limited to 20.

    HIS 194H - Gender, State, and Family in China: 1600-Present
    Explores gender, family, and state power in China from 1600 to present, examining gendered norms, education, political movements, revolutionary practice, sexuality and sex work, and state interventions in contemporary families. Responses to reading and a research paper required. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, two upper-division history courses, or permission of instructor. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior history majors. Enrollment limited to 20.

    HIS 196H - Sex and the City--The History of Sexuality in Urban Areas Around the Globe
    Focuses on the history of sexuality in major urban areas globally. Topics include: sexual identities and race, class, and gender; sex work, policing, and urban spaces; gay, lesbian, and transgender communities; race, gender, and sexuality within the context of colonialism. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; two upper-division history courses, or by permission of instructor. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior history majors. Enrollment limited to 20.

    HIS 204A - History of Gender Research Seminar
    Introduction to theories and methods employed in gendered historical research. Readings are drawn from a range of chronological, national, and thematic fields and explore the intersection of gender analysis with such historical problems as the body and sexuality, modernity, national identity, and production/consumption. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    HIS 222 - Global Sexualities - A Seminar in the Queering of Historiographies
    Explores the history of sexuality covering diverse time periods, peoples, and regions. Examines methods and theories used in the study of sexuality. Readings draw from the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Austro-Asia, as well as topics in queer and LGBTQ2 studies. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    HIS 244 - Gender and Japanese History
    Examines—through primary and secondary sources—constructions of gender (masculine, feminine, and transgender) in Japanese society over the past several centuries, focusing on the modern era. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

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  • Politics

  • POLI 113 - Feminism and the Body
    Introduces the literature on the history of the body. Explores the multiple ways in which the body, in the West, has been the site of cultural and political inscription from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Topics may include: pornography, criminality, sexuality, art, race, and medicine. Enrollment restricted to politics and Latin American and Latino studies/politics combined majors during first and second pass enrollment.

  • Psychology

  • PSYC 140H - Sexual Identity and Society
    Introduces the contemporary social and political significance of sexual and gender identity diversity, focusing on historic and contemporary stigmatization. Examines scientific paradigms for the study of sexuality and gender; social and scientific activism for sexual liberation; sexual fluidity; transgender identity; queer theory and politics; and contemporary issues in social justice and social policy for sexual and gender identity diversity.

    PSYC 159A - Sexual Identity

    Considers the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals from a psychological perspective. Reviews theory and research on compulsive heterosexuality, heterosexism and homophobia, culture and sexual-identity diversity, issues of history and community of LGBT individuals, and perspectives on sex, gender, and sexuality from queer theory. Satisfies the seminar requirements. Satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement. Prerequisite(s): course 100, and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment restricted to senior psychology majors. Enrollment limited to 30.

    PSYC 159S - Queer Intimacies
    Examines the science of relationship diversity through the lens of social psychology. Reviews popular and psychological literature on same-sex relationships, polyamory/consensual non-monogamy, kink/fetish/BDSM relationships, chosen families, asexuality, and transgender intimacy. Concludes with discussion of the impact of queer intimacies on heterosexuality. Satisfies the seminar requirements. Satisfies the senior comprehensive requirement. Prequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements, and course 100. Enrollment restricted to senior psychology majors. Enrollment limited to 30.

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  • Sociology

  • SOCY 120 - Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Sexuality and Cultural Politics
    Focuses on the role feminist discourses play in cultural politics emphasizing sex, sexuality, and sex work as related to gender, race , and class. Examines the relationship between academic and popular feminisms. Interrogates post-feminism, third-wave feminism, and generational differences in feminisms. Formerly Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Politics.) Prerequisite(s): course 126 recommended. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, global information and enterprise, and Latin America/sociology majors, proposed majors, and minors.

    SOCY 126 - Sex and Sexuality As Social Practice and Representation
    Explores social and cultural aspects of human sexuality and reproduction, including how and why meanings and behaviors are contested. Analyzes sexuality and reproduction as forms of social and political control as well as cultural expression and self-determination. (Formerly Sociology of Sex) Enrollment restricted to junior and senior sociology, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist studies, Latin American/sociology combined, and global information and social enterprise majors, proposed majors, and minors. 

    SOCY 137 - Deviance and Conformity
    Why certain social acts are considered threatening and how individuals or groups become stigmatized. Sociological analysis of the institutions and processes of social control and the experience of becoming deviant and living with a stigmatized identity. Introductory course in sociology recommended. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior sociology majors, minors, and proposed majors, global information and social enterprise studies minors, and Latin American and Latino studies/sociology combined majors and proposed majors. (General Education Code(s): PE-H.)

    SOCY 149 - Sex and Gender
    Modern analyses of sexuality and gender show personal life closely linked to large-scale social structures: power relations, economic processes, structures of emotion. Explores these links, examining questions of bodily difference, femininity and masculinity, structures of inequality, the state in sexual politics, and the global re-making of gender in modern history. Recommended as background: any lower-division sociology course. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined majors.

    SOCY 152 - Body and Society
    Critically examines the place of the human body in contemporary society. Focuses on the social and cultural construction of bodies, including how they are gendered, racialized, sexualized, politicized, represented, colonized, contained, controlled, and inscribed. Discusses relationship between embodiment, lived experiences, and social action. Focuses on body politics in Western society and culture, especially the United States. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors and minors in sociology, global information and enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. 

    SOCY 157 - Sexualities and Society
    Explores controversies in the sociology of sexuality. Focuses on tensions and disagreements that characterize debates over sex and society, and attempts to identify political and theoretical issues at stake in these debates. Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in sociology, feminist studies, global information and social enterprise, and Latin American studies/sociology combined. 

    SOCY 240 - Inequality and Identity
    Explores recent theoretical and empirical studies of race, class, gender, and sexuality with an emphasis on the production of identities and their relationship to processes and structures of power in a postcolonial context. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in sociology.

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  • Graduate Courses

  • ANTH 255 - Regulating Religion/Sex
    First examines the regulation of religion and the normalization of sex/sexuality as parallel modalities of secular rule in the production of modern citizens and subjects. Ultimately inquires into the relationship between "proper" religion and "proper" sexuality in secular state formations. (Formerly course 259.) Enrollment is restricted

    FMST 207 - Topics in Queer/Race Studies
    Explores the interrelated epistemological frameworks of critical race studies and queer studies. Through the study of a range of philosophical, scientific, literary, and cinematic texts, course historicizes and theorizes discourses of race and sexuality. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    FMST 211 - Sexuality, Race, and Migration in the Americas
    Analyzes the ways transnational processes intersect with changing notions of gender, sexuality, and race. Examines processes such as tourism, the Internet, capitalism, and labor spanning Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    FMST 222 - Religion, Feminism, and Sexual Politics
    Focuses on the increasing importance of religion as a category of analysis in feminist theory. Addresses the relationship of religion, feminist politics, and activism in connection with nationalism, the family, sexuality, and geopolitics. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    HIS 204A - History of Gender Research Seminar
    Introduction to theories and methods employed in gendered historical research. Readings are drawn from a range of chronological, national, and thematic fields and explore the intersection of gender analysis with such historical problems as the body and sexuality, modernity, national identity, and production/consumption. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    HIS 222 - Global Sexualities - A Seminar in the Queering of Historiographies
    Explores the history of sexuality covering diverse time periods, peoples, and regions. Examines methods and theories used in the study of sexuality. Readings draw from the Americas, Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Austro-Asia, as well as topics in queer and LGBTQ2 studies. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    HIS 244 - Gender and Japanese History
    Examines—through primary and secondary sources—constructions of gender (masculine, feminine, and transgender) in Japanese society over the past several centuries, focusing on the modern era. Enrollment restricted to graduate students. Enrollment limited to 15.

    SOCY 240 - Inequality and Identity
    Explores recent theoretical and empirical studies of race, class, gender, and sexuality with an emphasis on the production of identities and their relationship to processes and structures of power in a postcolonial context. Enrollment restricted to graduate students in sociology.