HUM 110 : Introduction to Queer-Feminist Studies

HUM 110 is an introductory survey course providing students an overview of queer-feminist studies through major writers and thinkers within the field. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course will provide historical background for how western culture created and structured gender and sexuality and contemporary theories which took issue with such structurings and sought to undermine them through deconstruction of gender binaries. Themes include the construction of gender and sexual identity, material oppression based on gender or sexual difference, the state and power in relation to gender equality social movements, the role of queer and feminist theories in a transnational context, and ways of imagining otherwise. In revealing sex and gender as integral axes of analysis in our culture, this course will provide critical skills to assess western culture and act in accordingly ethical ways. In addition to queer theory and feminist theory, other concepts covered could be critical ethnic studies, disability studies, neoliberalism, and migration studies. Readings may include: Passing by Nella Larson, Nightwood by Djuna Barnes, Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin and readings by Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Audre Lorde. Prerequisite(s): ENG 101. Three lecture hours per week. Gen. Ed. Competencies Met: Critical Thinking, Ethical Dimensions, Global and Historic Awareness, Human Expression, Multicultural and Social Perspectives, Oral Communication and Written Communication. 3 credits Fall, Spring
1. Identify and explain the major principles and concepts that form the basis of knowledge in the humanities. 2. Execute ethical reasoning to a variety of situations and human experience. 3. Recognize feminism as a social movement and the social construction of gender. 4. Distinguish the basis of queer theories rise in the 20th century and its main tenets. 5. Create verbal and/or written arguments synthesizing gender, sexuality, and society.