I haven’t written about this yet, despite being very excited for it for the last few weeks: My friend Heather, in Women Studies, and I will be co-teaching a new course at OSU, Women Studies 399: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. The course, which starts on Monday(!), is capped at 60, and sometime over the weekend, enrollment hit 60.
Here’s our course description:
This course will examine the politics of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQQI) culture(s) and identities in Western society, including the historical, sociological, cultural, psychological, political, literary, artistic, and philosophical foundations and implications of LGBTQQI studies. Through multiple theoretical perspectives, we will investigate and explore the intersections of race, class, age, and gender in LGBTQQI identities and daily lives. Topics to be covered include the historical development of homosexuality; the process of coming out; relationships of sexuality with gender; LGBTQQI literature, art, and film; the intersections of sexuality with race, class, and ability; the heritage of Western religions; queer and gay politics and their relationship with the state; and modern gay and queer social and political movements.
I haven’t co-taught ever, except for a class period or two when I taught middle school, so I’m excited for this opportunity. I’m also excited because of the subject matter, as well as its relevancy to my and my students lived experiences.