Fall 2023 - GSWS 411 D100
Special Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (4)
Class Number: 5483
Delivery Method: In Person
A specific theme within the field of gender, sexuality, and women's studies, not otherwise covered in depth in regularly scheduled courses, will be dealt with as occasion and demand warrant.
This discussion-based seminar examines how racial and sexual norms, expectations, and logics converge in everyday ways and places. We will focus on how racial and sexual logics come together in the spaces we interact with daily (i.e. home, school, work), to the broader places that impact our lives (i.e. the nation). By centering current critiques of queer theory and politics by Indigenous queer, Two-Spirit and feminist, Black, and queer of colour scholars, the course investigates how hetero- and homo- normativity are contoured by processes and practices of racialization.
Through seminar discussions, guest lectures, readings, research projects, and assignments, students will gain a deeper appreciation of the everyday ways that race and sexuality are connected to dominant power relations in, to paraphrase queer of colour theorist Jose Esteban Muñoz (2009), the stifling colonial and capitalist present.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
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- Participation 20%
- Letter of Introduction 5%
- Critical Reflections 30%
- Final Group Project 45%
Readings, including book chapters, journal articles and other materials, will be available on Canvas and/or via SFU library databases.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.