SOCI 172 LGBT Studies Syllabus

SOCI 172 LGBT Studies Syllabus - San Jos State University...

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San José State University Sociology Department SOCI 172, Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender Studies, Section 01, Spring 2010 Instructor: Susan B. Murray Office Location: DMH 211 Telephone: (408) (924-5327) Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Class Days/Time: Classroom: DMH 161 Teaching Assistant: Andrew House Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Faculty Web Page: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/susan.murray/ Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page, or directly through the url above. Course Description This course is an interdisciplinary study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and other queer communities and identities in the context of U.S. history, politics, and culture. While centering our analytic lens on sex, gender, and sexualities, we will, simultaneously focus on issues of race, class, and power. We will address all these issues as they manifest in institutions, communities, identities, and interactions. This is an experiential seminar requiring full participation of all students (and instructors). Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives * Understand and apply feminist, sociological, and queer theories. LGBT Studies, SOCI 172, Spring 2010 Page 1 of 9
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* Explore the ways in which sex, gender, and sexuality intersect in individual's lives and in social institutions. * Examine the historical construction of gendered (and racialized) sexualities. * Examine the personal, political, social, and cultural consequences of gender variance. * Explore the political terrain of sexuality and gender-based social movements. * Develop critical analytic skills through our reading, discussion, and writing. * Help one another to listen, to express ourselves, and to get our intellectual needs met within the classroom context. Required Texts/Readings There is one required text and a Reader for this course. Susan Stryker 2008. Transgender History . Berkley, CA: Seal Press. ISBN: 1-58005-224-X The Text may be purchased at the Spartan Book store. The Course Reader may be purchased at Maple Press (San Carlos St. between 10 th and 11 th streets). I have included many more readings in the reader than you will be “required” to read for this class. My intention in the creation of this reader was, 1) to give us some flexibility as a class to decide what we want to focus on and, 2) to create easy access to relevant articles for those of you who want to read further in a particular area. While I would love it if you would read them all – eventually – I do not expect you to do so for this class. Either at the beginning or the end of class I will instruct you on which reading will be required for the next class period. Classroom Protocol
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