In this introductory course to Gender and Queer Studies we will look at basic concepts of this field, which can not be seperated from the history of feminist and queer movements. We will read material that attempts to upset, oppose, or subvert ideas and practices of normality and challenges the ways heteronormativity structures and shapes institutions.
In this course we will also look at the intersections of gender and sexuality and other axes of difference (race, dis_ability, class, nation, etc). To do this we will draw on concepts black feminism, black queer studies, queer crip studies, fat queer studies and trans studies. There will be also space to reflect on the impact of heteronormativity within the profession of social work.
No prior knowledge is required, but an active and regular attendance is expected. There will be reading material for each session, ranging from academic texts, activist’s publications and audio-visual material. You are expected to prepare response papers during the semester, and a seminar presentation (plus a short written reflection), or a longer written essay.