Five-College Queer and Sexuality Studies Courses
These courses count toward the Five-College Certificate in Queer and Sexuality Studies (available at all Five Colleges).
University of Massachusetts
LEGAL 392LA – Legal Activism and Same Sex Marriage
Drawing on contemporary, interdisciplinary scholarship and the series of US court opinions about same-sex marriage from the 1970s to present, this course interrogates the germination of an ostensible constitutional right to same sex-marriage as an outgrowth of the gay and lesbian movement in order to theorize the relationship between neoliberalism, cultural change and legal activism in the late 20th- and early 21st-century United States. From Baker v. Nelson (1971) through Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), we will carefully track the history of how gays and lesbians challenged American law and society by reading these court opinions alongside historical studies, ethnography and critical scholarship of the social movements and political entities which have forced the same-sex marriage issue via grassroots activism, media spectacle and lawfare.
For more information: http://www.umassulearn.net/classes/winter-2016?view=class&clid=13785
SOCIOL 287 – Sexuality and Society
The many ways in which social factors shape sexuality. Focus on cultural diversity, including such factors as race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity in organizing sexuality in both individuals and social groups. Prerequisite: 100-level Sociology course. Course fulfills Junior Year Writing requirement for Sociology majors.
POSC 300 – Sexuality and LGBT Rights in Central America and the Caribbean
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-4:30 p.m.
This course will provide an overview of issues of sexuality, reproductive rights, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) experiences across the Americas. A region traditionally known for machismo and religiosity is now making new strides in the legal standing of sexuality and LGBT rights, but these changes are occurring unevenly. We will examine the status of these issues in various key cases and the way that scholars, mostly in the social sciences, have tried to explain the changes that have taken place (or failed to take place) across the Americas. We will also examine the consequences of legal rights moving faster than societal acceptance in some countries. We will compare the changes in LGBT rights with the lack of change in reproductive rights in most countries, and make comparisons with other regions of the world. For their final projects, students will be expected to work on pre-approved research projects, either individually or in teams.
SWAG 224/HIST 224/EUST 224 – The Century of Sex: Gender and Sexual Politics in Modern Europe
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:20 a.m.
In the 1920s and 30s, authoritarian and fascist states across Europe declared that sexuality was not private. Sexual choices in the bedroom, they claimed, shaped national identities and the direction of social and cultural development. Through a variety of programs, propaganda and legal codes, states such as Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sought to regulate sexual behavior and promote specific gender roles and identities. The intervention of the state in the intimate lives of citizens in the twentieth century, however, was rooted in the transformations of state, culture and economy that took place long before the speeches of great dictators. This course explores the cultural debates surrounding sexual practices, medical theories of gender and sexuality, and the relationship between sexuality and state that shaped European societies in the twentieth century. In case studies from across the continent, the course explores a range of topics, including but not limited to the history of sex reform, prostitution, homosexuality, venereal disease, contraception, abortion, the “New Woman” and sexual emancipation movements, sexual revolutions and reactionary movements and reproductive politics, among others. Students will explore how seemingly self-evident and unchanging categories – feminine and masculine, straight and gay, “normal” and “deviant”– have taken shape and changed over time, and how historical processes (modernization, imperialism, urbanization) and actors (social movements, sex reformers, nationalist groups and states) sought to define and regulate these boundaries in the so-called “century of sex.”
SWAG 328 – Science and Sexuality
This seminar explores the role of science in the understanding and making of human sexuality. The notion of “sexuality”--its emergence and its recent history--has an intimate relation to biology, medicine and psychology. In this course we explore the historical emergence of the scientific model of sexuality and the challenges to this model posed from other worldviews and social forces, mainly religion, social sciences, and political movements. We examine how sex has intersected with race and nationality in the medical model (for instance, in the notion of degeneration), and we look closely at the conceptualization of feminine and masculine sexual difference. We briefly address studies of animal models for human sexuality, and we examine in more depth case histories of “perversion,” venereal disease, orgasm and sex hormones. We also compare contemporary biological explanations of sexuality with the nineteenth-century ones, for instance, the notion of the “gay gene” as compared to the hereditary model of “sexual inversion.” Course readings include historical and contemporary sexological and biological texts (Darwin, Freud, Kinsey, etc.), their critiques, and contemporary literature in science studies, including feminist and queer studies of science. This seminar requires active participation, reading an array of diverse and interdisciplinary texts and preparing research-based papers and presentations.
SWAG 347/BLST 347 – Race, Sex, and Gender in the U.S. Military
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-3:50 p.m.
From the aftermath of the Civil War to today's "global war on terror," the U.S. military has functioned as a vital arbiter of the overlapping taxonomies of race, gender, and sexuality in America and around the world. This course examines the global trek of American militarism through times of war and peace in the twentieth century. In a variety of texts and contexts, we will investigate how the U.S. military's production of new ideas about race and racialization, masculinity and femininity, and sexuality and citizenship impacted the lives of soldiers and civilians, men and women, at "home" and abroad. Our interdisciplinary focus will allow us to study the multiple intersections of difference within the military, enabling us to address a number of topics, including: How have African American soldiers functioned as both subjects and agents of American militarism? What role has the U.S. military played in the creation of contemporary gay and lesbian subjectivity? Is military sexual assault a contemporary phenomenon or can it be traced to longer practices of sexual exploitation occurring on or around U.S. bases globally?
CSI 208 – Queer Feelings: The Emotional and Affective Life of Gender, Sexuality and Race
Monday, Wednesday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
In the last decade, queer scholars have turned away from the study of identity and textuality to consider the role of affect and emotion in the production, circulation, and regulation of sexuality, race, and gender. This course examines a new body of work in queer studies, feminist studies, and sexuality studies that explores emotion and affect as central to operation of social, political, and economic power. Topics will include, mental illness, hormones, happiness, sex, trauma, labor, identity, and social movements, among others. Students will work to consider how emotions and affect are connected to larger systems of power like capitalism; white supremacy; heteropatriarchy; terrorism and war; the prison; the media; and medicine.
CSI 241 – Renaissance Bodies: Sex, Art, Religion, Medicine
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
Ever since Leonardo da Vinci produced his anatomical drawings and German artists studied corpses of executed prisoners, the visual arts and the medical sciences converged. While artists strove for the anatomically "correct" representation of eroticized male and female nudes, scientists enhanced the truth-value of their anatomical drawings by employing the new classicizing style. Also in religious art, spiritual truths were conveyed in a sensuous, erotic manner, as the many depictions of semi-nude saints, Christ, and the Virgin Mary demonstrate. In addition to viewing Renaissance and Baroque artworks, we will read recent historical scholarship and primary literature on the discovery of the clitoris and the emergence of lesbian desire; anatomical representations of gender difference; the debates surrounding wet-nursing and virginal lactations; male menstruation; homoeroticism in Renaissance portraits; race and the ethnographic portraits of Albert Eckhout. Mix of shorter papers on the reading assignment plus an independent research paper. Fieldtrip to the Met depending on availability of funds.
CSI 252 – Creating Families: Law, Culture and Technology
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Marlene Fried, Pamela Stone
This course investigates the roles of law, culture and technology in creating and re-defining families. It focuses on the ways in which systems of reproduction reinforce and/or challenge inequalities of class, race and gender. We examine the issues of entitlement to parenthood, LBGTQ families, domestic and international adoption, surrogacy, birthing and parenting for people in prison, and the uses, consequences and ethics of new reproductive technologies. The questions addressed included: How does a person's status affect their relation to reproductive alternatives? What is the relationship between state reproductive policies and actual practices, legal, contested, and clandestine, which develop around these policies? How are notions of family and parenting enacted and transformed in an arena that is transnational, interracial, intercultural, and cross-class? Students are required to write three reflection papers, give an oral presentation, and write a final analytic paper based on independent research.
HACU 177 – The Body in Contemporary Philosophy
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m.
This course examines contemporary philosophical questions about the body: What is the significance of the corporeal interdependence we sustain with others and the world? What part does this play in creating bodily orientations, boundaries, and distances? How do discipline, technology, and commerce shape bodies? In what ways is the body linked to language and other aesthetic idioms? To affect and materiality? How does the body signify intersecting forms of difference, such as those of race, class, gender, and sexuality? And how do these differences signify the body? What is at stake in distinctions between human and nonhuman bodies? How do queer and trans subjectivities speak to phantasmatic registers of materiality and vice versa? Why do some senses appear to sustain closer corporeal affiliations than others? What conceptions of power, hierarchy, and sociality do figurations of the body imply? Readings by Merleau-Ponty, Lacan, Fanon, Foucault, Kristeva, Irigaray, Butler, Alcoff, Weiss, Korsmeyer, Ahmed, Salamon, and others.
HACU 188 – The Regulation of Race, Sex, and Disability in the US
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Since its founding, the US has closely regulated the bodies of Others and punished those that rebel against these socially-constructed designations. Utilizing an interdisciplinary amalgam of Critical Race Theory, Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory, Media Studies, Sociology, American Studies, Performance Studies, and Feminist Theory, this course will explore how the state, the media, and civilian institutions police the boundaries of race, gender, and sexuality by pathologizing, criminalizing, and stigmatizing difference. We will also examine how the subjects burdened with these dangerous inscriptions evade and contest them through passing, performativity, and other forms of identity-based resistance. Special attention will be paid to the criminalization of cross-racial and same sex desire; the re-biologization of racial and sexual difference; the dehumanization of immigrants; the racialization of crime; the gendering of mental disorder; the rise of homonormativity; genetic surveillance; the biopolitics of reproduction; and the role of The Law in constructing and controlling deviant bodies.
HACU 209 - Non-Conforming Practices: an introductory video production course on experimental video, video art and performance with a focus on gay, queer and non-conforming video making
Monday 1:00-3:50 p.m.
Tuesday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Non-conforming Practices is an introductory video production course on experimental video, video art and performance with a focus on gay, queer and non-conforming video making. Technology, the body, race, gender, representation and identity will provide significant thematic threads for the course. Students will be introduced to the history of video art as well as contemporary practices. Over the course of the semester students will learn basic camera operation, lighting, animation, audio, video editing and FX. One project will involve utilizing the TV studio and green screen. We will also investigate newer possibilities now available in the visual medium, and how, for instance, digital compositing, as well as recompression and remixing can allow for additional forms of electronic translations. Readings, screenings, workshops and discussions will explore the expressive language(s) of video and the development of the medium. Critiques will facilitate the development of conceptual acuity and a vocabulary for speaking about and evaluating work. Prerequisite: a 100-level course in media arts (e.g., Intro to Media Arts, Intro to Media Production, Intro to Digital Photography or equivalent) Lab Fee: $65 Students are expected to spend 6-8 hours per week on work and preparation outside of class time Students are expected to attend all class meetings and learn to take detailed formal notes on all works screened.
Mount Holyoke College
BIOL 338 – Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior
Wednesday 7:00-9:50 p.m.
This seminar will discuss patterns and variations of human sexual behavior and the likely role that evolution has played in shaping some of these patterns. We will discuss the evolution of sex, gender differences, principles of sexual selection, physiology, cultural differences in sexual behavior, mating systems, etc. We will follow a recently published book on this topic, and add readings from the primary literature. Students are expected to write one major research paper on any aspect of human sexual behavior of their choosing and to be ready to present their findings to the class towards the end of the semester.
GNDST 221QF – Feminist and Queer Theory
Tuesday, Thursday 2:40-3:55 p.m.
We will read a number of key feminist texts that theorize sexual difference, and challenge the oppression of women. We will then address queer theory, an offshoot and expansion of feminist theory, and study how it is both embedded in, and redefines, the feminist paradigms. This redefinition occurs roughly at the same time (1980s/90s) when race emerges as one of feminism's prominent blind spots. The postcolonial critique of feminism is a fourth vector we will examine, as well as anti-racist and postcolonial intersections with queerness. We will also study trans-theory and its challenge to the queer paradigm.
GNDST 333RA – Queering Race, Racing Queer
Tuesday, Thursday 1:15-2:30 p.m.
This course will examine what queer studies scholarship can teach us about the social construction of race in the United States. To do so, the course will provide an introduction to queer of color critique and other queer studies scholarship that centrally engages questions of race, exploring this dynamic field including its origins in women of color feminism, foundational texts, and recent scholarship. The course will also examine what is meant by queer critique by examining scholarship that puts queer critique into practice through reading different sites of race-making, with the goal of students learning how to deploy their own queer readings.
GNDST 333DS - Feminist and Queer Disability Politics
Monday 1:15-4:05 p.m.
This seminar will examine foundational and recent US-based feminist and queer disability studies scholarship and activism. In particular, the course will focus on how scholars and activists have answered the question: What is disability justice? In order to answer this question, we will look at how disability has been constructed and treated historically and currently, particularly at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality. We will also focus on how scholars and activists have challenged pathologizing and violent narratives about disability and created new ways of thinking about bodies, norms, our built environment, interdependency, and justice
Prereq: Gender Studies 101.
GNDST 333RN/ANTHR 316RN – Race/Nation/Gender: Feminist Studies of Scientific, Medical and “Patient Mobility”
Friday 1:15-4:05 p.m.
This seminar explores the potentially novel entanglements of 'race', 'nation' and 'gender' through the increasing transnationalization of scientific and medical practices, the mobility of practitioners and consumers, and the mobilization of scientific and medical knowledge by individuals and communities, as well as governmental and civil society organizations. We will engage with the multiple tensions in feminist research on topics such as diversity, population and medical genomics, and reproductive and medical tourism as the multiple and shifting identities of experts and 'lay' individuals call attention to the power and problematics of scientific, medical and patient 'diasporas'.
GOV 366 – The Politics of Heterosexuality
Thursday 3:00-4:50 p.m.
This course explores the social and political construction of heterosexuality; it’s interaction with race, class and gender; and the queer resistances to heteronormativity that have formed to oppose it. Examining heterosexuality as a form of social and political privilege, we explore the ways in which it acts as a coercive yet successful cultural norm, often disappearing as a category of investigation altogether. Attention is paid to rendering visible the historical, political, economic and social forces that have contributed to the construction and maintenance of a coerced and coercive heterosexuality, while simultaneously exploring the uniqueness produced through the intersections of heterosexuality with race, class and gender. These intersections reveal the many ways that heteronormativity has been deployed as a form of political organization of the body politic, even as it produces multiple locations of resistance for politicized bodies.
HST 259 – Femininities, Masculinities and Sexualities in Africa
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
This course examines the political, social and economic role of women, gender, and sexuality in African history, while paying particular attention to the ways in which a wide variety of Africans engaged, understood, and negotiated the multiple meanings of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality in the changing political and social landscapes associated with life in Africa. Key issues addressed in the course include marriage and respectability, colonial domesticity regimes, sex, and religion. Additionally, students interrogate the diversity of methodological techniques scholars have employed in their attempts to write African gender history.
LAS 301 – Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Latin America
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00-2:50 p.m.
Cora Fernandez Anderson
This course aims to provide a survey of sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America comparing the region as a whole with other areas of the world, while at the same time highlighting the disparities that exist within it. The course analyzes the multiple factors behind the current policies focusing particularly on the role of women and gay rights movements in advancing more liberal legislation. In addition, we look at the role of the Catholic Church in these debates and their struggles to prevent any legislative change that goes against their doctrine from happening. Among the cases we explore are Argentina’s gay marriage and gender identity legislation, Uruguay’s decriminalization of abortion, Costa Rica’s ban on IVF technologies and Peru’s coercive sterilization program of indigenous populations.
REL 277 – South Asian Masculinities
Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:00 p.m.
This course considers the role of religion in the construction of male identities in South Asia, and how these identities function in the South Asian public sphere. Topics to be considered include: Krishna devotion and transgender performance; the cinematic phenomenon of the “angry young man”; hijras and the construction of gender; wrestling and the politics of semen retention; and the connection between Lord Ram and the rise of militant Hindu nationalism.
SOC 253 – Sociology of Sexuality: Institutions, Identities and Cultures
Tuesday, Thursday 9:00-10:20 a.m.
This course examines sexuality from a sociological perspective, focusing on how sexuality is constructed by and structures major social institutions. We examine the social construction of individual and collective identities, norms and behaviors, discourses, institutional regulation, and the place of sexuality in the state, education, science and other institutions, and social movements. Consideration of gender, race, class, time and place are integrated throughout. Topics include the social construction of sexual desire and practice, sexuality and labor, reproduction, science, technology, sexuality and the state, sexuality education, globalization, commodification, and social movements for sexual purity, sexual freedom and against sexual violence.
SWG 314 – Documenting Queer Life
Tuesday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
This course examines visual and literary documentations of queer life by reading autobiographical texts such as Audre Lorde’s Zami and Leslie Feinberg’s Stone Butch Blues and by screening documentaries like Marlon Rigg’s Black Is...Black Ain’t and Performing Girl, a short film about transgender Sri Lankan performer D’Lo. We consider the power and value of documenting queer lives while examining the politics of visibility as impacted by race, class and gender presentation. Students produce a short film, write a short biography or propose another mode of documenting experiences of queer life as members of the LGBT community or as allies.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
WOMENSST 290C - History of Sexuality & Race in U.S.
Monday, Wednesday 10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Discussion sections Friday 10:10, 11:15
This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary feminist study of sexuality. Its primary goal is to provide a forum for students to consider the history of sexuality and race in the U.S. both in terms of theoretical frameworks within women’s and gender studies, and in terms of a range of sites where those theoretical approaches become material, are negotiated, or are shifted. The course is a fully interdisciplinary innovation. It will emphasize the links rather than differences between theory and practice and between cultural, material, and historical approaches to the body, gender, and sexuality. Throughout the course we will consider contemporary sexual politics from the science of sex and sexuality to marriage debates in light of histories of racial and sexual formations.
WOMENSST 291E - Feminist Health Politics
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
What is health? What makes health a matter of feminism? And what might a feminist health politics look like? These questions lay at the heart of this course. In Feminist Health Politics, we will examine how health becomes defined, and will question whether health and disease are objectively measured conditions or subjective states. We will also consider why and how definitions and standards of health have changed over time; why and how standards and adjudications of health vary according to gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationality; and how definitions of health affect the way we value certain bodies and ways of living. Additionally, we will explore how knowledge about health is created; how environmental conditions, social location, politics, and economic conditions affect health; how various groups have fought for changes to health care practices and delivery; and how experiences of health and illness have been reported and represented.
WOMENSST 295Q - Black Queer Feminisms
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
This course will explore the writing, music, art, media and cultural thought of queer feminist figures of the African Diaspora. Pairing important creative works with key texts in black queer and feminist theory from various Diaspora locations, we will explore the landscape of contemporary cultural production among black queer feminist communities on a transnational stage. Our work will take us through several genres including poetry, fiction, hip-hop music and videos, blogs and web communities, film, webseries, and drama, and will take up the work of contemporary black LGBT and queer feminist artists from several Diaspora locales including South Africa, England, Germany, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Canada, Cuba, the U.S. and others. Throughout our discussions, we’ll examine the shifting meanings of terms like “black,” “feminist,” and “queer” in each of the settings, and consider how they expand and challenge our own understandings of difference and power. Assignments include regular participation, in-class writing, a short paper, a final paper, a final project, and some creative work. Prior coursework in WGSS, Afro-American Studies, and/or English will be helpful.
WOMENSST 392Q - Introduction to Queer Theory
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
This course will introduce students to the field of queer studies through an exploration of three distinct yet related questions: where did queer studies come from, where is it going, and what does it do? On the one hand, this course provides students with grounding in the critical theories and histories informing the emergence of the field in the 1990s. What came before queer theory? What are the meanings of the word “queer”? How is “queer studies” different from “feminist studies” or “lesbian and gay studies”? What can “queer” as a theory and a method offer our studies of bodies, desires, and practices? Is there a connection between “queer theory” and “queer politics”? On the other hand, this course invites students to engage with some of the most recent interventions into the field. How have scholars brought “queer” into conversation with postcolonial studies, critical race theory, disability studies, and Native American Studies? What are the limits and possibilities of these projects? In what ways have the recent trends within queer studies made possible critical interventions beyond the realm of sex and sexuality? How does queer theory open new ways of imagining and inhabiting the world? Importantly, rather than attempting to construct a tidy chronology of the field, we will dedicate the quarter to investigating particular conversations that have pushed scholars of queer studies to think and theorize the world and the field more queerly.
WOMENSST 394R - Sexual & Reproductive Rights in Latin America
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Since the 1990s Latin America has witnessed increasing societal and political debates over sexual and reproductive rights. Issues such as contraceptives, abortion, gay marriage, transgender rights, sexual education and assisted reproductive technology have risen to the top of some countries' agendas after decades of silence, taboos, and restrictive or non-existent legislation. The course aims to provide a survey of sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America comparing the region as a whole with other areas of the world, while at the same time highlighting the disparities that exist within it. The course analyzes the multiple factors behind the current policies focusing particularly on the role of women and gay rights movements in advancing more liberal legislation. In addition, we will look at the role of the Catholic Church in these debates and their struggles to prevent any legislative change that goes against their doctrine from happening. Among the cases we will explore are Argentina’s gay marriage and gender identity legislation, Uruguay's decriminalization of abortion, Costa Rica's ban on IVF technologies and Peru's coercive sterilization program of indigenous populations.
WOMENSST 692Q - Queer Theories of Power and Temporality
Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Over the course of the last decade, scholars across the fields of queer theory, postcolonial studies, disability studies, critical ethnic studies, and feminist theory have increasingly turned to the rubric of temporality. This graduate level seminar will explore the motivations, implications, and consequences of what is now understood as “the temporal turn.” If, as in Jose Estaban Munoz’s formulation, queerness is an “ideality” always out of reach, perceptible only as a “the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality,” what lines of inquiry, analysis and exploration may be opened by queer approaches to temporality, genealogy, history and the future? To take up this question, we will turn to recent works that fit squarely within the field of queer theory by scholars such as Elizabeth Freeman, Jack Halberstam, Alison Kafer and Carolyn Dinshaw while also expanding our readings to include authors more conventionally located in feminist studies and Asian American studies such as Neferti Tadiar and Lisa Lowe.
COMM 290AH - Media, Public Opinion and LGBT Rights
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:15 a.m.
LGBT rights continue to be one of the most contentious issues in American politics. Why is this so? In this course, we will critically examine social science research that has tried to answer these questions. A key emphasis in this class is on the tole of mass media, and the role that it plays in public opinion change.
ENGLISH 891MQ – Materialism and Queer Theory
Wednesday 6:30-9:00 p.m.
This course will consider materialist approaches to queer theory. We will review canonical understandings of the intersection of Marxist and anti-capitalist thinking with queerness, as well as gain a grasp on contemporary theorizations of this intersection. Special consideration will be given to the question of queerness and contemporary forms of finance capital, as well as queerness and settler-colonialism, colonial formations, and racialization. Authors will include: Karl Marx, Judith Butler, Kara Keeling, Deleuze and Guattari, Fred Moten, Mel Chen, Scott Morgensen, David Harvey, Sandro Messadra, Rosa Luxemburg, Audre Lorde, Roderick Ferguson, Kathi Weeks, Silvia Federici, and more.
HISTORY 365H/697LG – U.S. LGBT and Queer History
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:15 a.m.
This honors general education course explores how queer individuals and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities have influenced the social, cultural, economic, and political landscape in United States history. Topics include sodomy charges, cross-dressing, industrialization, feminism, the construction of the homo/heterosexual binary, the "pansy" craze, the homophile, gay liberation, and gay rights movements, HIV/AIDS, immigration, and the on-going debate concerning same-sex marriage. This four-credit course fulfills both "HS" (i.e., Historical Studies) and "U" (i.e., Diversity: United States) general education requirements.
HISTORY 397LEH – Liberation or Equality?: History of LGBT Rights Law
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:15 p.m.
The last fifteen years have seen incredible legal victories for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) people in the United States, from the decriminalization of same sex sexual activity to gay marriage. And yet, in most states, it remains legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations and LGBT people still experience violence in their families, on the streets, and in schools. This course will examine the history of LGBT people in the United States through the lens of the law. We will explore a host of legal issues facing LGBT people in the last fifty years, such as sodomy laws, employment discrimination, school bullying, health law issues, particularly those related to HIV/AIDS and transgender health care, and family law issues, such as child custody, adoption, and marriage. Some questions we might consider include: When and why have LGBT people turned to the courts or legislatures for redress of legal grievances and to what success? What claims have LGBT people made for legal protection and how has it mattered whether these claims have been based on equality, liberty, or privacy arguments? In what ways has the use of "the law" by the LGBT movement to achieve social justice been different from and similar to other "rights" movements, such as the civil rights movement, the women's rights movement, and the disability rights movement? What conflicts have arisen over legal goals and strategies between the LGBT "movement" and LGBT people? What role have lawyers historically played in advancing (or constraining) the goals of the LGBT movement and how effective has litigation been in securing these rights? Does (or will) legal equality for LGBT people mean justice or liberation for LGBT people? How has the lived legal experience of LGBT people differed on the basis of other social and legal categories, such as sex, gender, race, class, ability, or immigration or incarceration status? What new legal issues are on the horizon for the LGBT movement, particularly involving trans and intersexed people?
HISTORY 397REH/697RE – Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India
Tuesday 2:30-5:00 p.m.
This course explores how notions of racial hierarchies as well as myths and prejudices about the sexual practices of colonized people influenced the history and politics of British Empire in India from the late eighteenth to early twentieth century. Students will analyze key scholarly perspectives on the following themes: the forms of colonial knowledge, theories of Aryanism, functions of race and masculinity in the legitimation of empire, regulation of sexual behavior and prostitution, and the roles of colonial institutions, medical practices, popular discourses, and cultural artifacts in producing racial and sexual stereotypes and justifying the distinction between the colonizers and the colonized.
HISTORY 450 – Junior Year Writing Seminar in History
Thursday 2:30-5:00 p.m.
The topic, Sex and the Supreme Court, focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court and its rulings regarding sexuality. We will examine several hot button issues the Supreme Court has weighed in on, such as pornography/obscenity, sodomy, reproduction (sterilization/contraception/abortion), marriage (polygamous/interracial/same sex), sexual assault on college campuses, and sex education in public schools. We will consider how the Court and advocates framed these issues, used (or misused) historical evidence, and how the argument and/or evidence changed depending on the audience (i.e. the Court or the general public). Students will write several short papers, such as a letter to the editor, opinion column (op-ed), reading response essay, blog entry and/or case summary, and a 15-20 page research paper (a paper with an argument supported by evidence) on a topic of their choosing related to sex and the law. Finally, students will engage in a peer review process during the drafting of their final papers and will give a presentation about their paper to the class.
HISTORY 797LG – U.S. LGBT & Queer History Research Seminar
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:15 a.m.
This course explores how queer individuals and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities have influenced the social, cultural, economic, and political landscape in United States history. Topics include sodomy charges, cross-dressing, industrialization, feminism, the construction of the homo/heterosexual binary, the "pansy" craze, the homophile, gay liberation, and gay rights movements, HIV/AIDS, immigration, and the on-going debate concerning same-sex marriage.
POLSCI 394BI – The Body Politic
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-11:15 a.m.
An interdisciplinary exploration of how American political and legal power is exercised upon and through the human body. Particular attention will be paid to the regulation and physical control of bodies, as well as the use of bodies in protest and resistance to state power, including through political art. While a range of topics and movements fall within this general description, we will examine most closely the politics of AIDS and reproductive health in the United States.
PSYCH 391ZZ – Psychology of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Experience
Tuesday, Thursday 11:30-12:45 p.m.
Students in this course will explore psychological theory and research pertaining to gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. Topics include sexual orientation, sexual identity development, stigma management, heterosexism & homonegativity, gender roles, same-sex relationships, LGB families, LGB diversity, and LGB mental health. Senior Psychology majors only. Prerequisite PSYCH 241.
SOC 387 – Sexuality and Society
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:15 p.m.
The many ways in which social factors shape sexuality. Focus on cultural diversity, including such factors as race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity in organizing sexuality in both individuals and social groups. Prerequisite: 100-level Sociology course.
JAPANESE 391M (undergrad)/591M (grads) - Queer Japan in Literature and Culture
Tuesday, Thursday 4-5:15 p.m.
"Queer Japan in Literature and Culture" is a seminar-style upper / graduate-level course. Discussions, rather than lectures, will make up the majority of class time. Since this is an upper / graduate level course some familiarity with, or at least a willingness to learn about, Japan is encouraged. We will read a fair number of literary works (all in translation) as well as some reading of secondary scholarly sources. We will watch parts of several movies as well. Presentations by students will be required, but the number of exams and papers will depend on the options each student chooses. Many of the readings will be on Moodle, but there will be some books to buy as well.
EDUC 595G - LGBT Issues in Education
UMass Online through Continuing & Professional Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld
This course examines issue of sexual identity and gender identity and expression in K-12 schools, and explores ways to cultivate more welcoming and affirming schools for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students across social identity groups. We will investigate the roles of schooling and schools in transmitting and transforming cultural norms related to sexuality and gender as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, religion, and abilities. We will also address the roles that educators play in transmitting and transforming school culture related to gender and sexuality.