LGBT and Beyond

WST 3641 is a 3-credit course intended to introduce you to the interdisciplinary study of non-normative (atypical) sexualities and genders around the world.  It is a global learning foundations course that can be taken as part of the university core curriculum.  We will read scholarship from gender and queer studies, history, sociology, anthropology, literature and media studies, psychology, politics, and philosophy, among other areas.

Module 1

Nature vs. Nurture

Students will be able to distinguish the biological and cultural factors that shape a person’s sex, gender, and sexuality.
Module 2

Sex and Gender Intermediaries

Students will become familiar with intersex conditions and third genders.
Module 3

Deviance or Diversity

Students will be able to explain the shift from psychological “deviance” models of sexual difference to socio-cultural identity/community models.
Module 4

Category Alignments

Students will be able to identify common assumptions about how sex, gender, and sexuality are related.
Module 5

Intersecting Identities

Students will be able to explain how class, race, and gender shape sexual behavior and judgments about sexual behavior.
Module 6
History of Sexuality
Students will become familiar with the history of science on race and sex, and how they are related.
Module 7

Scientific Racism and Homophobia

Students will be able to explain how cultural biases can enter into science and medicine, and shape outcomes and practices
Module 8
Influence of Media
 Students will appreciate the influence of movies and popular culture on attitudes about gender and sexuality.
Module 9

The “Closet” and Cultural Elites

Students will become familiar with the history of homophobia in sports.
Module 10

Hate Crimes

Students will be able to define a “hate crime” and explain what measures have been taken to reduce them.
Module 11

Gender-Motivated Crimes and Rape

Students will be able to articulate and discuss theories about the relationship between gender norms and sexual violence.
Module 12

Marriage Equality

Students will be able to historically contextualize demands for marriage reform.
Module 13

Anti-Sodomy Laws

Students will be familiar with the history of anti-sodomy laws and their status around the world.
Module 14

“The Gay Agenda”

Students will be able to identify future challenges for LGBT movements.
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