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Minor Concentration Sexual Diversity Studies (18 credits)

Offered by: Inst for Gender, Sex & Fem St     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

The Minor Concentration Sexual Diversity Studies is informed by a tradition of critical inquiry developed within various frameworks including Women's Studies and Gay, Lesbian and Queer Studies. It is designed to introduce students to the latest scholarship on the study of sexuality and sexual and gender diversity across a wide range of disciplines and cultures.

Required Course (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits from the list below.

Note: If a course has an asterisk (*), it may be counted toward the program only when the topic is appropriate for Sexual Diversity Studies.

  • ARCH 533 New Approaches to Architectural History (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : An exploration of the aims, tools, and methods of Architectural History as a discipline; the use of primary sources from the Canadian Centre for Architecture and other archives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • (2-0-7)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 251 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Departmental permission required
  • CANS 308 Sex and Gender in Canada (3 credits)

    Offered by: Institute for Study of Canada (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Canadian Studies : Sex and gender in Canada in the past and the present.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • COMS 310 Media and Feminist Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Introduction to feminist studies of the media. Impact of feminist and queer theory on media studies; current issues about gender in the media. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of media representations of gender in relation to other social differences, such as race, class and sexuality.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Cheryl Thompson (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: One of the following: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230, SDST 250, WMST 200, PHIL 242 or permission of the instructor.
  • COMS 490 History and Theory of Media (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Communication Studies : Emergent themes in media history and media theory, and their application to current issues in communications studies.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: One of the following 200-level courses: COMS 200, COMS 210, COMS 230 AND one of the following 300-level courses: COMS 300, COMS 310, COMS 320, COMS 330, COMS 340, COMS 350, COMS 354, COMS 361, COMS 362 or permission of the instructor.
  • EAST 304 Current Topics: Chinese Studies 2 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Consideration of important issues in Chinese Studies. Content of the course will vary from year to year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Restriction: Departmental approval required
  • EAST 350 Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Gender and sexuality in modern and/or premodern Chinese literature with emphasis on representation of gender relations, notions of masculinity and femininity, morality and sexuality. Readings from fiction, drama, poetry, and/or other genres are approached from a variety of critical perspectives.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: EAST 211 or permission of instructor.
    • Note: Readings in English translation.
  • EAST 370 History of Sexuality in Japan (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Social and cultural history of sexuality in Japan. Possible topics include pre-modern sexuality and relations to court, religion and anthropology; pre-modern sex and gender relations; modern sexuality and gender identities; sexuality and the rise of science; relation to nationalism; feminism and queer movements.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • ENGL 354 Sexuality and Representation (3 credits)

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Topics on representations of sexuality with reference to its cultural contexts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Priority will be given to English Major/Honours students in second year of program
  • ENGL 407 The 20th Century (3 credits) *

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : A study of 20th century works.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
  • ENGL 414 Studies in 20th Century Literature 1 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: English (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    English (Arts) : Study of works of literature of the 20th century.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: William Allan Hepburn (Winter)

    • Fall
  • GEOG 541 Topics in Geography 2 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Geography (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Geography : In-depth review of a current topic in human geography.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
    • Note: This course is offered on an irregular basis. See Geography website (www.geog.mcgill.ca) for current status.
  • HIST 323 History and Sexuality 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Antiquity to Early Modern Europe. The cultural meanings and social institutions that create the historical context for sexual behaviours. Possible topics include: Greek homosocial and homosexual culture; sex and citizenship; wives and concubines in the ancient world; Christianity and aestheticism; misogyny and gender in Medieval Europe; adultery and lineage.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Nancy F Partner (Fall)

  • HIST 347 History and Sexuality 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : 1700 to the present, with a particular focus on Europe and North America. Possible topics include: patterns of fertility and sexual practice; prostitution; religion and sexuality; the medical and legal construction of sexualities; the rise of sexology; gay liberation movements; queer politics.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Brian D A Lewis (Winter)

  • HIST 420 Gender and Sexuality in Modern China (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : The history of gender and sexuality in modern China. Topics include Chinese femininities and Chinese masculinities, theories of sexuality, and changing conceptions of gender identity under Confucianism, Western Imperialism, and socialism.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: A 300-level course in the History of China or Gender/Sexuality or permission of instructor.
  • HIST 424 Gender, Sexuality & Medicine (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Gender, sexuality, and medicine since the colonial era, with a focus on North American experience. Topics will include reproductive medicine (puberty, childbirth, fertility control, menopause), changing perceptions of men's and women's health needs and risks, and ideas about sexual behaviour and identity.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Andrea Tone (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: A 300-level History course in gender, sexuality or medicine or permission of instructor.
  • HIST 430 Topics in Modern Medicine (3 credits) *

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : Selected topics in the history of medicine in the 19th, 20th and/or 21st centuries will be explored through discussion of primary and secondary historical sources.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: HIST 249 (or HIST 349 prior to Winter 2006) or permission of the instructor.
  • HIST 433 British Queer History (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : An investigation of the changing historical construction of "deviant" and "normal" sexualities in Britain since 1700, and how queer women and men discovered ways of surviving and perhaps even flourishing in the face of persecution and hostility from the state, the churches and the medical profession.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: HIST 215 or a course in British History or permission of instructor.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken HIST 426 in 200209.
  • HIST 448 Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : A focus on women in the history of the late-19th- and 20th-Century Middle East, and on the ways in which gender analysis and sexuality illuminate the history of national and religious communities. Topics such as: education, masculinity, sexuality, Western representations of Middle Eastern women, and gender and the nation.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: A course on women, gender or sexuality or permission of instructor.
  • HIST 457 Topics in Medical History (3 credits) *

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    History : This course explores different topics in medical history. Topics to be explored include the role of medicine from ancient to modern times.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Andrea Tone, David John Wright (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: HIST 349 or HIST 356 or permission of instructor
  • MUAR 399 Music and Queer Identity (3 credits)

    Offered by: Music Research (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Music-Arts Faculty : A survey of notable lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer composers and musicians in both art music and popular music, and an exploration of musical meaning from queer perspectives, covering topics such as coded expression, subcultural music-making, the value of mainstream visibility, and minority versus 'universal' aesthetics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MUAR 201 or MUAR 211 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Open only to non-music majors.
  • PHIL 242 Introduction to Feminist Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to feminist theory as political theory. Emphasis is placed on the plurality of analyses and proposals that constitute contemporary feminist thought. Some of the following are considered: liberal feminism, marxist and socialist feminism, radical feminism, postmodern feminism, francophone feminism, and the contributions to feminist theory by women of colour and lesbians.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Edwin Zoltan Filotas (Fall) Marguerite Deslauriers, Enrica Quaroni (Summer)

    • Note: Since this course is being taught abroad, the Victoria Day statutory holiday will not be taken into consideration. Therefore, students are expected to attend their lecture on Monday, May 19, 2014.
  • PHIL 442 Topics in Feminist Theory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : Advanced discussion of topical and central themes in feminist theory.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Natalie Stoljar (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 242 and one intermediate course in philosophy
  • PSYC 436 Human Sexuality and Its Problems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : This course will deal with typical sexual behavior and its variations. Topics will include the history of sex research, the sexual response cycle, sexual dysfunction, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. Current research and theory will be emphasized.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Irving M Binik (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: either PSYC 337 or permission of the instructor
  • RELG 271 Sexual Ethics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A study of the social construction of sexual identity and of selected issues regarding sexual behaviour.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: David Jacob Koloszyc, Jonathan Waind (Winter)

    • Winter
  • RELG 339 Gender & Sexuality in Buddhism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Religious perspectives on the body, gender and sexual activity in Buddhist cultures.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Core course for the Women's Studies Minor program
    • Prerequisite: RELG 252 or permission of the instructor
  • RELG 356 Gender & Sexuality in Hinduism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Religious perspectives on the body, gender and sexual activity in Hindu cultures. Topics include: dharma and sexual practice; female sexuality; Bhakti and Tantra; same-sex relations; hijras; eroticism in the literary, visual, and performing arts; colonialism, Hindu nationalism, and the politics of gender.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Davesh Soneji (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: RELG 252 or Permission of the instructor.
  • SDST 450 Independent Reading & Research (3 credits)

    Offered by: Inst for Gender, Sex & Fem St (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sexual Diversity Studies : Advanced reading course and independent research project under the supervision of an instructor on aspects of Sexual Diversity Studies.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: SDST 250.
    • Restriction: Program students in Sexual Diversity Studies. Program and adviser approval required.
  • SDST 499 Internship: Sexual Diversity Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Inst for Gender, Sex & Fem St (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sexual Diversity Studies : Internship with an approved host institution or organization.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Permission of the departmental Internship Advisor
    • Restriction: Restricted to students enrolled in the Minor Concentration in Sexual Diversity Studies.
    • Open to U2 and U3 students after completing 30 credits of a 90 credit program or 45 credits of a 96-120 credit program, a minimum CGPA of 2.7. This course will normally not fulfill program requirements for seminars or 400-level courses.
  • SOCI 489 Gender, Deviance and Social Control (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This seminar examines how the definition of deviance, reactions to deviance and explanations of deviance are gendered. Specific topics vary from year to year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Course for Women's Studies Concentrations
    • Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
    • Restriction: open to U3 students concentrating on social problems.
  • SOCI 513 Social Aspects HIV/AIDS in Africa (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : Examination of the social causes and consequences of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Gender inequality, sexual behaviours, marriage systems, migration, and poverty are shaping the pandemic as well as how the pandemic is altering social, demographic and economic conditions across Africa.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisites: SOCI 225 or SOCI 309 or Permission of Instructor.
  • SOCI 530 Sex and Gender (3 credits)

    Offered by: Sociology (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Sociology (Arts) : This seminar critically reviews theoretical perspectives and research on sex and gender in various domains of social life. It gives special emphasis to work which considers the meaning of gender and how it differs across time and place.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Restriction: Open to Honours Sociology students and to Sociology Majors with the permission of the instructor
  • SWRK 342 Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Two-Spirit People (3 credits)

    Offered by: Social Work (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Social Work : Issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and two-spirit people. Addresses how social workers can support the development of health and social services informed by principles of social justice and equity. Topics include self-esteem, youth at risk, families, and aging.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: William J Ryan (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Limited to Social Work BSWU2, BSWU3, 2-year BSW students and U2, U3 Minor in Sexual Diversity Studies students.
  • WMST 301 Women's Studies Current Topics 1 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Inst for Gender, Sex & Fem St (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Women's Studies : Consideration of contemporary issues in Women's Studies. Topic and approach will vary from year to year.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Elizabeth Groeneveld (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: WMST 200 or permission of instructor
  • WMST 402 Women's Studies Special Topics 2 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Inst for Gender, Sex & Fem St (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Women's Studies : Advanced seminar in selected themes and issues in Women's Studies. Topics and theoretical or disciplinary approach will vary from year to year.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Elizabeth Groeneveld (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: WMST 200 or permission of instructor
  • WMST 513 Gender, Race and Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Inst for Gender, Sex & Fem St (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Women's Studies : This course is a philosophical exploration of the nature of science concerning sex, gender, race and racial stereotypes, and the construction of "womanhood". The social history/biography of women and minorities in science will be studied to develop a critique of biological determinism and explore the meaning and possibility of a "feminist science".

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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