Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Program Coordinator: Andrea Dini, dinia@mail.montclair.edu

The minor in GLBTQ Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study. The 18 semester hour minor is designed for students to critically examine and creatively explore the construction and maintenance of gendered identities, sexualities, and related discourses and practices, in a variety of contexts. Students will study academic and activist scholarship that describes, analyzes, interprets and critiques a diversity of gendered and sexual identities, communities, institutions, and representations; they will also analyze materials and events from popular culture and socio-political policy and action. Each student should consult with the Program Coordinator to work out a suitable course of study to meet the minor's requirements.

GAY LESBIAN BISEXUAL TRNSGNDR QUEER MIN

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete .

    GLQS 100 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (GLBTQ) Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
    GLQS 201 Queer Identities in a Transforming World: The Trouble with Normal (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. Complete 12 semester hours from:

    1. .

      ANTH 380 Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality (3 hours lecture) 3
      EDFD 264 Gender Issues in Education (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENGL 227 Queer Fiction (3 hours lecture) 3
      GLQS 301 Queer Theory (3 hours lecture) 3
      GLQS 302 Selected Topics in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
      GNHU 283 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World (3 hours lecture) 3
      HLTH 290 Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture) 3
      HLTH 295 Sexuality Education in the Schools (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 319 Hate Crimes (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 339 Contemporary Continental Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PSYC 227 Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 426 Sociology of Sexuality (3 hours lecture) 3
      SOCI 430 Sociology of Gender (3 hours lecture) 3
      SPAN 473 Sexual Subversion in Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film (3 hours lecture) 3
      WMGS 301 Feminist Theory in Transnational Contexts (3 hours lecture) 3
      WMGS 410 Cooperative Education: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies 3
    2. 1 course may be taken from the following: .

      SOCI 208 Men and Masculinities (3 hours lecture) 3
      WMGS 208 Men and Masculinities (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ANTH380: Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality (3 hours lecture)

What do "sex," "sexuality" and "gender" mean, and how have anthropologists dealt with these concepts? Using an anthropological perspective stressing an "emic" or insider view and structural constrains of class, gender, race, and nation, we will describe and analyze how genders are constructed, negotiated, and maintained throughout the world. We will examine ethnographic material from a variety of cultural settings to understand how cross-cultural studies of gender and sexuality have contributed to more complex understandings of human experience and how gender/sexual identities are constructed, deconstructed, and reconstructed. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 201 or ANTH 270 or departmental approval.

EDFD264: Gender Issues in Education (3 hours lecture)

Examines the nature of gender, gender identity, gender roles and gender discrimination, and the influence of these on classrooms, schools and educational policy. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

ENGL227: Queer Fiction (3 hours lecture)

A study of 20th and 21st Century fiction written by and about individuals of non-normative genders and sexualities. The cultural, theoretical, and historical forces that have informed this literature will be analyzed. Works may include texts by James Baldwin, Jeffrey Eugenides, Leslie Feinberg, Shyam Selvadurai, Dorothy Allison, and Alison Bechdel, among others. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

GLQS100: Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (GLBTQ) Studies (3 hours lecture)

The course introduces students to current research in the study of same-sex individuals, relationships and communities and the social construction framework for analyzing contemporary gendered identities, sexualities, and the discourses and practices that maintain them. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Previous course GLQS 200 effective through Spring 2015. 3 sh.

GLQS201: Queer Identities in a Transforming World: The Trouble with Normal (3 hours lecture)

Building upon lessons from the required GLQS 100 course, this course will explore 'trans' from it Latin roots (meaning 'across' or 'beyond'), and relate it to queer as a position that allows for shifting identities. Students will engage in a critical analysis of gender, sexuality, race, class, and ecology, and synthesize methodologies from various disciplines in the humanities to gain a broad intersectional, multicultural and historical understanding of the term 'queer, and of queer and transgender studies. A range of textual and cinematic sources will be used to explore issues such as gender performance, the third sex, transgender issues, intersex issues, the political underpinnings and the transgressive nature of 'queer', the history of queer politics (from AIDS activism to the gay marriage issue), schisms within the LGBTQ political movements, queers and disability, issues of race, class and representation within the queer community, and non?human perspectives on queer. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GLQS 100.

GLQS301: Queer Theory (3 hours lecture)

The political and academic appropriation of the term "queer" over the last several years has marked a shift in the study of sexuality from a focus on supposedly essential categories as "gay" and "lesbian" to more fluid or non-heteronormative notions of sexual identity. Yet queer is a category still in the process of formation. This course provides a clear and concise explanation of queer theory, tracing it as part of an intriguing history of same-sex love over the last century. Blending insights from prominent theorists such as Judith Butler, Tim Dean, and David Halperin, among others, while incorporating provocative and highly contentious debates around sadomasochism, fetishism, and transgenderism, we argue that queer theory's challenge is to create new ways of thinking, not only about fixed sexual identities such as heterosexual and homosexual, but also about other supposedly essential notions such as sexuality and gender. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GLQS 100 and GLQS 201.

GLQS302: Selected Topics in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies (3 hours lecture)

This special topics course examines topics, themes, issues, motifs, theories or critical approaches with an interdisciplinary orientation related to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, and will explore a topic which is either not covered in the curriculum or which deserves more in-depth treatment than is possible in an existing course (such as Queer National Cinemas, Queer Science Fiction, Queering the Sciences, etc). The specific topic will be announced each time the course is offered. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits if topic is different. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: GLQS 201.

GNHU283: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World (3 hours lecture)

This course uses women, gender, and sexuality to model a broad, cross-disciplinary, and issue-oriented approach to ancient societies. Students will examine cultural and historical objects, such as historical and philosophical works, inscriptions, and graffiti. They will view monuments and artifacts. They will learn how to approach complex cultural objects and understand how social constructions of gender affected and reflected the lives of women and men in ancient Greece, Rome, and the Near East. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Starting Winter 2016: GNHU 115 or GNHU 151 or ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

HLTH290: Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture)

Students will explore many interacting cultural, personal and health factors relating to human sexual development, attitudes, and behaviors. Historical, anthropological, biological/physiological, socio-cultural and psychological factors will be introduced to encourage a broad perspective. Discussion of differing philosophical, ethical and moral positions will also aid students in making a critical assessment of intimate human relationships and acquaint them with criteria and processes for understanding themselves as sexual beings. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

HLTH295: Sexuality Education in the Schools (3 hours lecture)

Focus on sexuality content and teaching methodology for sex education K-12 in schools. Based on NJ Content Standards for Sexuality Education. 3 sh.

JUST319: Hate Crimes (3 hours lecture)

The course examines issues relating to how and why people hate; what constitutes a hate crime; whether and how society should legislate against hate crime; and how tolerance can be promoted in an ever-diverse and complex world. Course topics may include a historical perspective on hate; psychological and sociological theories as to why people hate hate; hate crime laws; enforcement issues relating to hate crime laws; constitutional challenges to hate laws; international hate crime; and new frontiers in hate and hate crime. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PHIL339: Contemporary Continental Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

This course surveys the four main movements of the continental (European) philosophical tradition: (1) 19th century German philosophy, (2) Marxism/critical theory, (3) phenomenology/existentialism, and (4) post-structuralism/postmodernism. This philosophical tradition runs from the 19th Century to the present day. Continental philosophy stands in contrast to the dominant, Anglo-American, "analytic" philosophical tradition. This course gives students the opportunity to examine the ways in which continental philosophers approach issues in the core subfields of philosophy, such as epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics. Students will also have the opportunity to explore similarities to and differences from the analytic philosophical tradition. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 202 or PHIL 208 or PHIL 231 or PHIL 233 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 264 or PHIL 266 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 271 or PHIL 280 or PHIL 288 or PHIL 290 or PHIL 295 or GLQS 201 or WMGS 301.

PSYC227: Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture)

Topics include: Behavior and attitudes influenced by basic sexuality; widening perspectives to aid in decision-making; developmental periods and sexual relationships; connections between psychological theory and sexual mores; genetic understandings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PSYC 101.

SOCI208: Men and Masculinities (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on men and masculine identities in the United States and other countries. It reviews how masculine identities are constructed in everyday lives and how societies shape such identities. In this class, we will examine the construction of masculinity in different areas such as work, school, sports, family and other social relationships. We also explore the diverse experiences of masculinities based on race, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 100 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 104 or SOCI 106 or SOCI 113 or SOCI 201.

SOCI426: Sociology of Sexuality (3 hours lecture)

The course examines theoretical and empirical work in the sociology of sexuality. It seeks to understand the social foundations of sexual behavior and sexual identity. It explores the relationship between sexuality and politics, focusing on current as well as historical conflicts over sexual behavior and ideologies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 301 or SOCI 304 or SOCI 309 or SOCI 311 or SOCI 312 or departmental approval.

SOCI430: Sociology of Gender (3 hours lecture)

The social determinants of differences between women and men and the effect of sex role differentiation in the social institutions of marriage and family, the economy and work situation, formal education, health, mass media, and religion; special emphasis is placed on the impact of social change on sex roles in contemporary society. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 301 or SOCI 304 or SOCI 309 or SOCI 311 or SOCI 312 or departmental approval.

SPAN473: Sexual Subversion in Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film (3 hours lecture)

This course examines various representations of sexual subversion in selected works and films of Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean writers and film directors. It analyzes the role of the body and subversive sexualities in challenging politically imposed sexual norms and socially encoded gender practices. Topics include homosexuality and dissidence, transgender and performance, lesbianism, female bonding, and transsexualism. Selections from Allende, Goytisolo, Falcon, Arenas, Umpierre, Riera, Almodovar, Gutierrez Alea, Paris,and Bollain, among others. Taught in Spanish. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SPAN 361 or SPAN 363.

WMGS208: Men and Masculinities (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on men and masculine identities in the United States and other countries. It reviews how masculine identities are constructed in everyday lives and how societies shape such identities. In this class, we will examine the construction of masculinity in different areas such as work, school, sports, family and other social relationships. We also explore the diverse experiences of masculinities based on race, ethnicity, class and sexual orientation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 100 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 113 or SOCI 201 or SOCI 204 or SOCI 206.

WMGS301: Feminist Theory in Transnational Contexts (3 hours lecture)

This course examines a wide variety of feminist theories which illustrate the many ways in which issues of gender can be interpreted. Recognizing that gendered identities are molded by such factors as class, race, sexual orientation and national identity, this course explores the issues of difference among women and the role of theory in conceptualizing such differences. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: WMGS 200 or WMGS 201 or WMGS 208 or SOCI 208.

WMGS410: Cooperative Education: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Academic study integrated with supervised internship in an organization, agency, or business that addresses women's issues or issues of gender or sexuality. Part-time (20 hours per week). Required individual meetings with faculty advisor supplement experiential component, and include discussion of field work experience, connection between feminist/gender studies theories and practice, issues of access and diversity, civic responsibility, and career options. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: WMGS 102, WMGS 301 and at least one other WMGS course; minimum GPA of 3.0; approval of WMGS director.