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Loren K. Redwood
BIS 221
Bothell Campus

Gender and Sexuality

Explores gender and human sexuality by focusing on diversity and development. Considers behavioral, social, historical, and cultural aspects.

Class description

BIS 221: Gender and Sexuality will examine issues of sexuality, gender, identity, family, politics, history, community, and more. This course is designed to explore sexuality, and sexual identity from a variety of perspectives. A core component of the course will be an examination of how essentialist and/or constructionist perspectives address or perpetuate homophobia and heterosexism, as well the intersections of racism, sexism and classism. Additionally the class will examine the evolution of Gender and Sexuality Studies as a field composed of inter/multi-disciplinary approaches.

Student learning goals

Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of historical, social, and political issues that have emerged in the fields of sexuality Studies. This will be assessed through the use of readings and engagement in written assignments.

Demonstrate an understanding of how sexualities have been constructed differently by a variety of communities, historically as well as currently. This will be assessed through the use of readings and engagement in written assignments

Demonstrate an understanding of the complex relationship and impacts that psychology, sociology, gender studies, and other fields in the arts and sciences have had on defining, constructing, shaping, and interpreting sexuality throughout the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This will be assessed through discussion and analysis of texts as well engagement in written assignments.

Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by engaging in an analysis of frameworks for understanding and articulating complexities of sexualities. This will be assessed through various writing assignments, in class activites and discussions, participation in one "outside event", and a final presentation/and paper.

General method of instruction

Methods of instruction will include lecture, large group discussion, small group activities, and a small presentations.

Recommended preparation

All students are welcome. Students who have had some background in Gender Studies courses may be a bit more prepared for the course content.Students should be aware that this course will grapple with an examination of what have been considered "alternative" sexualities with heterosexuality as the backdrop of the dominate paradigm. Students are encouraged to examine their personal comfort level with this material and be willing to challenge their perception/misperceptions regarding this topic.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include short written assignments, group activities, attendance at an outside event (such as a play, lecture, film) that relates to the course content,a short small group reading presentations, and a final paper.

Grades will be assessed based on participation in large and samll group discussion, participation in small group assignments, assessment of short writing assignments,participation in one "outside" activity, assessment of short group reading presentations,and a final paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Loren K. Redwood
Date: 09/16/2012