Fall 2021 - GEOG 340 D100

Queer Geographies (4)

Class Number: 7586

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.



What does sexuality have to do with spaces and places? This question is at the core of this course where we’ll examine how sexual norms and queerness are defined and defied through different geographies. We will learn how Black, Indigenous, and queers of colour think about and build social movements at the intersection of sexuality, space, and place.


Course Delivery Method: In Person

Course Details

Spaces and places are racialized, gendered, classed and sexualized in particular and different ways. Certain places in the city, like LGBTQ neighbourhoods, are associated with particular sexualities, while other places are imagined as solely racialized places. Certain places, like places in the Global South, are sometimes imagined as sexually backward or inherently patriarchal, while countries like Canada, are often celebrated for its liberal acceptance of queer identities and feminist politics. This course will queer, or put into question, the underlying assumptions and power relations that support how places and spaces are sexualized, racialized, and gendered.

With a primary focus on how sexual subjectivities are formed, students will have the opportunity to understand how processes of racialization and gender intersect with sexualities. The course will move between local and global geographies, introducing the ways Indigenous, Black, and queers of colour are resisting heteronormativity and offering expansive and alternative geographies and futurities.

There will be no tutorials in the first week of class.


In taking this course, students will:

  • Develop a nuanced understanding of how sexuality, power, and space are co-constituted.
  • Articulate how spaces and sexualities are racialized and gendered.
  • Be able to apply concepts from queer geographies to ongoing crises of social injustice as well as
  • to their own lives, histories and relations.
  • Have set a set of tools to critically analyze contemporary local and LGBTQ2S global issues.


  • Participation (10% Tutorial Participation; 5% Personal Reflection) 15%
  • Media Review 15%
  • Critical Written Reflections 25%
  • Reading Presentation and Discussion 15%
  • Final Project 30%



All the weekly assigned readings will be uploaded on Canvas and/or will be available through SFU library databases.

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