Sexual Diversity Politics
An interdisciplinary course examining the development of social and political visibility by gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered over the course of the last four decades, and an analysis of public policy on sexual diversity in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and various parts of the global south. Among the questions to be addressed are: What stimulated the development of political movements mobilizing around sexual orientation issues? What recent changes have been evident in the treatment of sexual diversity in the news media, the arts, and popular culture? What state policy response has there been in such areas as violence, equality rights, and family rights? In all such questions, gender, race/ethnic, and social class differences will be considered, both in the character of social movements, and in changes in attitudes and policy.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour lecture per week. Requirements TBA.
SDS255H1 / SDS256H1 / UNI255H1 / UNI256H1 / one full course on the politics of 20th century Europe, U.S., or Canada / one full course on gender or sexuality / permission of the instructor