2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Gender and Sexuality: History, Culture, and Politics

Revised Last Updated: 05/02/2008

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Greg Mullins American literature, queer studies, Red Vaughan Tremmel US history, queer studies

Faculty Signature Required: Winter quarter

Major areas of study include history, literature, cultural studies, gender studies, queer studies and American studies.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: Students who which to enter this program winter quarter should know that the bulk of their winter quarter work will be reading the work continuing students studied Fall quarter. Before registering, students need to discuss a plan for doing this work with faculty. After such discussion, if the work plan is mutually agreed upon, faculty can provide a signature to enable registration. To contact the faculty, send email to Greg Mullins or Red Tremmel.

In this introduction to the critical study of gender and sexuality, we will focus on lesbian, gay and transgender texts of history, literature, and theory. Our temporal frame will be the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and our geographical frame will be the multicultural United States. Over the course of these centuries, gender and sexuality have been fundamentally reorganized. Sexual and gender minorities have been produced by the forces of historical change, and have themselves produced vibrant works of cultural expression. From the romantic friendships of the nineteenth century to the queer activism of the twentieth century, we will study how this history bears immediately upon contemporary culture, politics and society.

This program is designed especially for students who are working or wish to work in fields of social endeavor (such as education, social services, arts, politics, etc.) that require a profound understanding that virtually every aspect of social life is structured by gender and sexuality. Students of all genders and sexual orientations are welcome, and students are required to engage in winter quarter internships or volunteer service, so that they may apply their learning in a community setting.

Fundamental to our inquiry will be a precise understanding of how gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by social relations of race, ethnicity, class, and nationality. Fall quarter topics may include slavery and abolition, industrialization and urbanization, gendered labor roles, and romantic friendship models of same-sex relations. As we move into the twentieth century, our focus will shift to lesbian, gay and transgender identity formation; topics may include Civil Rights, feminism, the impact of AIDS, and transnational sexuality. Depending on individual arrangements for internships or volunteer work, winter quarter may be a mixture of classroom learning, service learning and academic research.

A 12 credit option is available to students who demonstrate a need for 4 credit language study as part of their academic plan. Please consult with the faculty to discuss this option.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 50

Internship Required: Winter quarter service learning is required.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: Service learning may require transportation costs in addition to those incurred traveling to campus.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in history, literature, education, social services, arts, politics, management and administration.

Planning Units: Culture, Text and Language

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 2nd, 2008 Red Vaughan Tremmel has joined the faculty team for this program.