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Fall 2019 Undergraduate Courses

Recommended Undergraduate Courses in LGBTQ Studies (Fall 2019)

The following list is designed to help students identify courses in LGBTQ Studies that would be useful both for those pursuing the LGBTQ Certificate and Minors and for those with a general interest in the area.  

The courses are divided into four categories:

  1. Courses that count towards LGBTQ Studies Minor or Certificate.

  2. Courses with explicit LGBTQ Studies content and/or methods.

  3. Other Courses Taught by LGBTQ Studies Faculty.

  4. Other Courses With an Intersectional Focus on Gender, Sexuality, Race and Social Justice.

This is not an exhaustive list of the courses that might count towards the Certificate or the Minor. For those who are pursuing the LGBTQ Minors and Certificates, there may be additional courses that qualify. To request approval for courses not listed, please contact LGBTQ Studies Director, Lisa Moore, or Program Coordinator, Grayson Hunt. Please also check back regularly during registration for updates. 

This list replaces the Pink Book used in previous semesters. Please check back regularly for updates.


 

1. Courses that count towards LGBTQ Studies Minor or Certificate.

WGS 303 • Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies

44725 • Ashley Coleman-Taylor
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GDC 2.402

Description: Explores concepts of gender and sexuality, race, class, religion, and nation; as well as skills in theory, history, and research methods relevant to LGBTQ studies. The course will also survey the making of modern understandings of sexual and LGBTQ identities in the last one hundred years and the implications of this history for broader understandings of gender and sexuality.

WGS 335 • African Queer Studies

44770 • Livermon, Xavier
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM RLP 0.122
(also listed as AFR 372G)

Description: This course explores queer gender and sexuality in Africa, with particular focus on theoretical issues, the colonial encounter, citizenship and activism, media representations. In the first unit, we will examine some of the theoretical issues that are relevant to studying queer gender and sexuality in Africa and in the African Diaspora more broadly. In the second unit, we will explore some of the literature on the impact of colonialism on queer African identities and practices, and we will pay particular attention to its lasting impact on queer African lives in our post-colonial moment. In the third unity, we will read several ethnographic and literary texts on specific communities in order to expand our understanding of the diverse ways in which queer Africans create identities, experience desire, and redefine dominant notions of citizenships. In the final unit of the course, we will examine representations of queer African sexuality in literature, film, and media, focusing especially on representation in relation to recent events in South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, and Senegal. We will pay particular attention to how such representations are shaped by political economy and influenced by the international community.

WGS 335 • Confronting LGBTQ Oppression

44765 • Nguyen, Quynh
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM CMA 3.108

Description: This fall course is the first half of the Peers for Pride Program and prepares students to become peer facilitators of performance-based workshops designed to address macro and micro constructs of LGBTQIA+ justice, racial justice, and multiculturalism, specifically within in the context of power, privilege, and identity. Topics will include, but not limited to race, class, ability, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Students will build a foundational knowledge of LGBTQIA+ identities, the intersectional systems of oppression that affect LGBTQIA+ people, and approaches to our core question: “What do thriving LGBTQIA+/queer communities look like?” Students build applied theatre, critical analysis, and facilitation skills. Students will receive course flags in Cultural Diversity in the United States and Ethics and Leadership for completing the class. Interested students must complete an application and an interview.

To Apply: please fill out this online application and someone will contact you in 1-3 business day. There will be a 30 – 60 minutes informal interview to learn more about you and your learning goals that can be scheduled in-person, Skype, or conference call.

Application Deadline: For priority consideration, submit application prior to the first class of fall semester but there is no firm deadline.

For More Information: Email the gsc@austin.utexas.edu.

Restrictive Statement: “Prerequisite for WGS 335.2 Facilitating Dialogues on LGBTQIA+ Oppression: Peers for Pride in Action. Priority consideration given to students who have completed the Peers for Pride online application and been admitted to the Peers for Pride program.”

 

 


2. Courses with explicit LGBTQ Studies content and/or methods.

WGS 301 • Black Queer Art Worlds

44715 • Gill, Lyndon
Meets MW 11:30AM-1:00PM GWB 1.130
(also listed as AFR 317E, ANT 310L)
This course carries flags for Cultural Diversity in the United States and Global Cultures

Description: This multi-disciplinary course covers over two decades of work produced by and about black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people both within and beyond the borders of the United States. While introducing various artists and intellectuals of the black queer diaspora, this seminar explores what it might mean to think of artistry (film, fiction, photography, painting, poetry) as a form of theorizing. We will spend time with black queer subjects in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Our aim is to use artistry to highlight the dynamic relationship between Black Diaspora Studies and Queer Studies.

WGS 301 • Gay & Lesbian Literature & Culture

44710 • Streusand, Deborah
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM RLP 0.122
(also listed as E 314V)

Description: This section of E314V will focus on how queer writers use language to express and explore their unique identities. Mindful of intersectionality, the multiplicity of queer identity, and the many ways writers have chosen to engage with their queerness, the texts chosen for the course represent a variety of identities and genres. The research and writing you do in this course will help you gain a more complete understanding of the relationship between literature and queer identity today. Prerequisites: One of the following: E 303C (or 603A), RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 303C (or 603A).

WGS 305 • Intro to Women's & Gender Studies

44730 • Vasudevan, Pavithra
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GAR 2.128

Description: Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that asks critical questions about the relationships between sex, gender, society, and our own experiences as political acts. In this course, students will come to understand key differences between sex, gender, and sexuality; define feminism both broadly and personally, particularly in relationship to race, class, and other intersectional aspects of identity; learn about queer and trans histories and experiences; explore women’s experiences in international contexts; and investigate the body and its representation as a way to uncover gender norms and expectations. We will also discuss and write about recent social controversies (such as bathroom legislation, bias incidents, the exclusion of groups from the Women’s March on Washington) as moments that reveal and critique the cultural codes of gender. An emphasis will be placed on self-identified women, LGBTQA+ individuals, and people of color.

WGS 379L • LGBTQ Studies Internship

44905 • Hunt, Grayson 
10 hour/week

Description: This internship gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work with Austin-based LBGTQ organizations in health, community outreach, theatre, and government. An organization of your choice is also available, pending instructor approval. LGBTQ Studies Internship courses are restricted. This application must be submitted and approved before you can be cleared to add the course. Add/drop closes on the 12th class day (Fall/Spring semester) or the 4th class day (Summer sessions). Credit is only granted for work completed in the semester in which the student is enrolled (no retro-credit).

WGS 340 • Queer Ethnographies

44840 • Merabet, Sofian
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM SAC 4.118
(also listed as ANT 324L)

Description: This upper-level undergraduate writing course deals with the anthropological analysis of queer gender and sexuality. Its aim is to critically evaluate formative concepts and theories that have been subject to recent debates within Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Queer Theory. Through the reading of a variety of ethnographies from Asia and the Americas, we will partly explore how terms like “women” and “men,” “femininity” and “masculinity,” as well as “homosexuality,” “heterosexuality,” “bisexuality,” and “transsexuality” structure people’s experiences, but also how local terminologies inform sexual identity formations around the globe. In this vein, the course focuses on local-level social and cultural processes that challenge a wide range of heteronormativities within a regional and global framework.

WGS 340 • Sex & Power In African Diaspora

44830 • Gill, Lyndon
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM PAR 101
(also listed as AFR 372G, ANT 324L)

Description: This multidisciplinary course explores various experiences and theories of sex/intimacy/desire alongside intellectual and artistic engagements with power hierarchies and spirituality across black communities within and beyond the borders of the United States. We will consider the concept of “erotic subjectivity” from various theoretical and methodological angles principally within African Diasporic contexts.


3. Other Courses Taught by LGBTQ Studies Faculty.

AAS 310 • Asian American Film History

31510 • Nault, Curran
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM RLP 1.102
(also listed as AMS 315, RTF 301N)

Description: This course will consider Asian American film from a historical perspective, from the pioneers of Hollywood, to the YouTube stars of today.

AFR 317D • Race/Gender/Education at UT

30019 • Tinsley, Omise'eke
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM GWB 1.130

Description: While the struggles of black and Latino men in higher education have gained much-needed visibility in the last decade, the challenges faced by women of color in university settings continue even as they are increasingly invisibilized. While we come to the university looking to get information/get in formation, we are often tacitly or explicitly forced to prove ourselves in ways other students are not. This course will open inquiry about the resources and skills that women of color need to “slay”: that is, to succeed in higher education in general, and at the University of Texas in particular. Through interdisciplinary readings, we explore avenues for women of color to bolster their academic, social, physical, emotional, and sexual wellbeing while pursuing advanced degrees.

AAS 320 • Documenting Difference

31525 • Nault, Curran
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PAR 208
(also listed as RTF 359S)

Description: This course will explore the theory, history, practice and poetics of minority documentary. With a particular emphasis on Asian and African American examples, students will engage documentary as a vital practice of minority activism and self-preservation. Students will be introduced to influential documentaries across a wide range of styles and modes (expository, observational, performative, reflexive, poetic, interactive) and will explore critical topics in documentary production and reception: fictions of realism, authenticity and objectivity; histories of ethnography; questions of documentary ethics; aesthetic strategies of documentary art and activism; politics of self-representation; mockumentaries and the lampooning of “truth.” Class assignments will be a combination of written and creative work, and students will have the opportunity to create their own short documentary or documentary prospectus for their final project.

WGS 340 • Black Women and Dance

44819 • Tinsley, Omise'eke
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CMA 3.114
(also listed as AFR 356E)

Description: What does it mean for black women to dance your anger and your joys, as activist-artist Ken Saro Wiwa put it: that is, to use our moving, creative, powerful bodies to respond to the violences of racism and sexism, and to envision new ways of being and moving in the world? This course journeys towards answers to this question by exploring women’s participation in ritual, concert, and social dance in North America, Haiti, Cuba, and Brazil. We will work through readings, viewings, and stagings, and interweave text, movement, and action to encourage students’ artistic as well as academic self-expression. Some of the questions we explore include: How can we view and create artistic work while still keeping social justice issues in mind? How do embodied practices become modes of organizing communities? How can we decipher the fragile histories that we carry and move through in our own bodies?

WGS 340 • Contemporary African American Women’s Fiction

44800 • Richardson, Matt
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM PAR 302
(also listed as AFR 372E, E 376M)

Description: In this course, we will examine the novels and films of women of African descent produced from the 1970s to the present. We will focus on issues of imagination and the creation of spectacular images of the past and the future. This class gives special consideration to how African and African Diasporic spirituality is depicted in film and literature. In this course, we will use the work of history and psychoanalytic theory, cultural, queer, and feminist theories to assist our exploration of these questions and issues. Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

WGS 340 • Contemporary African Popular Culture

44825 • Livermon, Xavier
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM RLP 0.104
(also listed as AFR 340)

Description: Please check back for updates.

SPN 355 • Environmental Engagements

44500 • Cárcamo-Huechante, Luis
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BEN 1.124
(also listed as LAS 370S)

Description: Study of important themes or issues in the cultural production of the Latin American world. Among the regions studied are Spain; North, Central, and South America; the Caribbean; and related areas in Africa, including: Fantastic Fiction from Latin America; Nonfiction Narratives from Latin America; Jewish Voices from Latin America; Sex and Sexuality in Latin America; Revolutionary Imagination in Latin American Cultures; Violence in Contemporary Mexican Culture; East/West/New World Encounters; Memory and Writing in Caribbean Culture; and Literary Figurations in the Multimedia Age.  

SPN 355 • Violence In Contemporary Mexican Culture

Dominguez-Ruvalcaba, Héctor 44505 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM BEN 1.106
(also listed as LAS 370S)

Description: This course is devoted to the study of literary texts, art pieces, and films dealing with violence in Mexico in recent years. The class will discuss the characteristics of these representations and how they can lead us to understand social, economic, and political processes that generate violent events. The questions we are going to address are: what are the aesthetic, ethic, and political implications of the representations of violence? How can we understand Mexican society and gender system through the analysis of these narratives? What are the strategies that these works suggest for the solution of such difficult reality? Topics that will be addressed in this course include: political violence, sex-gender violence, organized crime, disappearances, exile, and migration.

WGS 356 • Introduction To Feminist Research Methods

44895 • TBD
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 0.132

Description: Introduction to feminist research methods across a range of traditional disciplines. Designed to prepare students to analyze research within gender studies and to develop their own research skills.

AFR 372E • African American Literature Through the Harlem Renaissance

30125 • Richardson, Matt
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM PAR 302
(also listed as E 376R)

Description: The eighteenth century saw the inauguration of writing from enslaved Africans in America. Even from a condition of bondage, their work contributes to literary and intellectual debates about the nature and limitations of freedom, personhood and citizenship. We will begin by examining issues of gender and sexuality from the perspectives of slaves and freed people. We will also examine works by African American authors writing a generation after slavery as they look back to slavery in order to imagine the future of African Americans. This course is a survey of major black writers in the context of slavery and its immediate aftermath. Throughout the course, we will view films and documentaries that illuminate this period of African American culture and history. Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

SPN 379C • Capstone Seminar in Literature & Culture

44550 • Pérez, Jorge
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 221

Description: Brings together central issues, concepts, and themes that define Iberian or Latin American literatures and cultures, while focusing on a specific case-study or case-studies.


4. Other Courses With an Intersectional Focus on Gender, Sexuality, Race and Social Justice.

 

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