Fall 2016 - SA 337 D100
Sexuality and Society (S) (4)
Class Number: 3446
Delivery Method: In Person
The categories that organize our understandings of sex, gender and sexuality have powerful histories and roles in organizing social relations in western society. Social activists and academics contest the naturalness of these categories, particularly that of the binary opposition between male and female, and related assumptions about sexuality and sexual orientation. This course encompasses a range of perspectives on sex/gender identity, sexuality, and the relationship between the two. These perspectives include feminist, lesbian and gay, and queer and transgender challenges to traditional understandings of sex/gender identity and sexuality.
The categories that we use to organize understandings of sex, gender and sexuality have powerful histories and roles in organizing social relations in western society. Social activists and many academics contest the naturalness of these categories – particularly those emerging from the sex/gender binary and related assumptions about sexuality and sexual orientation. Our work in this course will be grounded in an understanding of the categories of sex, gender and sexuality as intersecting powerfully with but not limited to those relating to race, class, ethnicity and citizenship. This course encompasses a range of perspectives exemplified by feminist, queer, critical race and transgender scholarship.
- Analytical Summary (500 words) 10%
- Midterm Examination: in-class 30%
- Cooperative Group Presentation* 30%
- In-class Final Test (non-cumulative) 30%
*Please note: attendance at four specified in-class project group meetings and two classes scheduled for the delivery of final presentations is required to earn a full share of the grade for the cooperative group presentation.
Deductions for late assignments = 10% per calendar day. All graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.
Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.
Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐ S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style. It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.
Readings for the course will be available as pdfs via Canvas.
SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS