Fall 2020 Course Offerings

LGBT 20020: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

  • Instructor: Lauren Vachon
  • Section 1: MW 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
  • Section 2: Online
  • This course explores the basis of LGBTQ Studies. We’ll look at LGBTQ history, activism, psychology, biology and literature. We’ll also look at queer theory, a postmodern theory that has its roots in feminist thought and critical race theory. Along the way we’ll think about, and talk about, our ever-evolving LGBTQ communities and identities. 

LGBT 20095: ST -- Fighting Back: Queer Voices and Activism for Pandemic Times

  • Instructor: Lauren Vachon
  • W 5:30 PM - 8:15 PM
  • This course is a deep dive into AIDS activism in the 1980s and 1990s and its relevance to the current Coronavirus pandemic. We’ll ask ourselves: How can the queer knowledge, experience and activism from that era inform our thoughts and actions with regard to COVID-19? What relevant lessons can we draw from our queer American history?

LGBT 40202: Queer Theory 

  • Instructor: Lauren Vachon
  • MW 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM
  • So, what the heck is “queer theory,” anyway? This course defines and explores queer theory, and illustrates its continued relevance in our culture and in our academic lives. Queer theory is a theory that draws from feminist thought, critica race theory, and postmodern theory as it challenges gender and sexual norms. If you’ve ever wondered why boys can’t wear pink or why assertive girls are called “bossy” -- you’ve engaged in the work of queer theory! Queer theory asks: who benefits from gender norms, and how can we effectively challenge those norms?

LGBT 41198: LGBTQ Research Methods 

  • Instructor: Lauren Vachon
  • Online
  • As a course, LGBTQ Research Methods is broad in scope. It explores “LGBTQ research methods” and asks what might happen if we “queer” -- or, challenge the norms of --  traditional methods. What happens if we seek to challenge the traditional roles, hierarchies and authorities assumed to be embedded in research? The course also looks at oral history as a research method, and affords students an opportunity to be researchers by recording oral history interviews themselves.

LGBT 40201: Introduction to Transgender Studies 

  • Instructor: Dr. GPat Patterson
  • TR 3:35 PM - 5:00 PM; Stark & Tuscarawas Campuses 
  • This course explores transgender histories, identities and activisms. Introduction to Transgender Studies uses an interdisciplinary framework to look at transgender lived experiences. The course also focuses on the effects of transphobia, the problems trans people encounter when they interact with systems of power (governments, healthcare systems, schools, etc.), and transgender activist responses to these urgent struggles.


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