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Nicole Elizabeth Wilson
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Students can expect to take a critical look at how we view sexuality (sexual identities, desires, practices, politics, roles and communities) in the United States, with a central focus on mainly the 20th and 21st century concepts. Please feel free to bring other perspectives to the discussions as well. Much of this course will focus on brief readings and in-depth class discussion to discuss the concepts of sexuality from various perspectives, queer or otherwise. This course will draw from case studies, theoretical readings, works of fiction, and the dialogue that various discussion facilitators will bring to the course.

Student learning goals

1. Understand some important queer terms and concepts and communicate effectively with these in writing.

2. Apply principles of sexuality to better understand yourself and your world.

3. Recognize differences among the perspectives of several different sexual orientations and sexual diversity by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively.

4. Critically assess media discourse, web resources, and popular discourse of sexuality to become an informed consumer of information.

5. Find information, and take responsibility for your own learning.

General method of instruction

The methods of instruction for this course include lecture, films and videos, in-class student discussion, small group activities, and discussions facilitated by various professors on campus.

Recommended preparation

Prior knowledge or theories of sexuality will be helpful for this course but is not necessary to foster a positive and enriching learning experience.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include brief formal and informal written assignments and class participation. The course grade will be given on a credit/no-credit basis.


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 Nicole Elizabeth Wilson
Date: 01/25/2012