Jennifer M. Self
GEN ST 197
Small-group discussion with faculty representing a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. Topics and approaches vary. Instructor may introduce research techniques or findings, concentrate on readings in his/her area of interest, or illustrate problems and alternatives related to the study of a particular academic discipline. Credit/no credit only. Offered: AWSp.
Description of Class: Queer 101 is a 1 credit discussion style class focusing on the analysis of Queer/ LGBTQ histories, contemporary issues and experiences. The class will be taught from a liberatory perspective and will encourage critical analysis and understanding of the intersections of queerness, race, class, gender, ability, age, and other social identities.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminar style, discussion, some lecture.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments: Students will have three different kinds of assignments during the course of the quarter: 1) weekly posting on discussion board; 2) brief history oral report; and 3) film review. 1. Discussion Board: Students are asked to post to the course discussion board a minimum of 10 times during the quarter, 2 of which must be beginning a discussion with information relative to the course. Students should not feel limited to only 10 posts 2. Oral history report: During the 6th week, instructors will assign students to specific events, people, places, movements, etc. related to queer histories. Students will research (beyond Wikipedia) their topic and report back in small groups during the 8th week of class (2/23/09). 3. Film review: Students must choose one film from a list provided by instructors, view the film, and post a brief review or question or comment about the film on the discussion board. This does NOT count as one of the 2 new conversations that students must post during the quarter. The replies WILL count as part of assignment 1. Grading: This is a Credit/ No Credit course in which grading is based upon participation in the class, the discussion board, and completion of assignments. Participation includes participating in small and/or large group discussions in some way and posting on the discussion board. Speaking in front of a large group is optional, but participation is required. There will be minimal outside work for this course, but in class time will be energetic and engaged.