Feminist Studies 80
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Fall 2009 • Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:45pm • Isla Vista Theater #2
Professor Emily Hobson
Department Office: 805-893-4330*
Office: South Hall 4702
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:00-2:00pm
(and by appointment)
Tara VC Gillalba:
*Individual office phones have been temporarily disconnected as a result of the UC budget crisis.
This course provides a conceptual, theoretical, and methodological introduction to LGBTQ
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) Studies.
We will consider expressions of
sexual and gender diversity across a wide range of communities, placing significant emphasis on
the experiences of LGBTQ people of color, and more broadly, how sexuality and gender identity
intersect with structures of race, ethnicity, class, and nation. Within this framework, we will
explore themes of identity formation and naming; community history, space, and time;
normativity, deviance, and outlaw desire; AIDS, representation, and the queer body; nationalism,
citizenship, and globalization; and the past, present, and future of queer politics.
We will explore
the wide range of methods taken up within LGBTQ Studies and identify the theoretical
contributions that LGBTQ Studies can offer to scholars across the humanities and social
sciences, as well as anyone committed to goals of justice, equality, and collective liberation.
This class features two lectures and one discussion section (regular/Honors) each week.
Attendance at ALL lectures and sections, and completing ALL required readings, are critical.
Full preparation and participation are essential to your success in this class!
This course is required for the Minor in LGBTQ Studies
and fulfills Area B (Intersectionalities)
for the Major/Minor in Feminist Studies.
Students interested in the Major or Minor should
contact Christina Toy, undergraduate advisor in Feminist Studies:
The Syllabus, Course Assignments, and many other course materials will be posted on the
GauchoSpace page, which all enrolled students will be able to access.
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