University of Colorado System
Queering Identities: LGBTQ+ Sexuality and Gender Identity
University of Colorado System

Queering Identities: LGBTQ+ Sexuality and Gender Identity

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Jacob McWilliams
K. Mohrman

Instructors: Jacob McWilliams


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19 hours to complete
3 weeks at 6 hours a week
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3 videos2 readings

This module provides an overview of the terminology and definitions we will be using throughout the course and establishes a plan of action for learning from and with each other as we put the terminology into practice. We will discuss regional and local variations in terminology and language use, and learners will research and identify local applications of LGBTQ+ terminology. Learners will draw on their knowledge to discuss the current state of LGBTQ+ inclusion in their context.

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6 videos4 readings2 quizzes

In this module, we explore the concept of gender as a social construct and consider how all of us learn about and reinforce or resist gender norms. We’ll look at some strategies for creative resistance to socially constructed beliefs about gender and also consider the experiences of transgender people as they transition into a new gender identity.

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6 videos4 readings1 quiz

This module extends the exploration of social constructs to consider how sex and sexual identities have been socially constructed. We critically examine the common presumption that sex is biological, or natural. We draw on the experiences of intersex and transgender communities to consider an alternative approach to understanding sex. Then we introduce the idea of sex as a social construct that is intimately tied to, but is distinct from, gender.

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5 videos4 readings1 quiz

This module considers sexuality and sexual identities as social constructs, exploring how cultural norms about sexuality and sexual attraction have been developed and used to regulate human behavior. We introduce queer theory as a framework for analyzing the impact of norms about gender, sex, and sexuality on our lives and communities, and we invite participants to practice applying a queer framework to their own lives and experiences.

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5 videos5 readings1 quiz

In this module, we explore some contemporary LGBTQ+ issues, drawing on queer theory to understand and interpret those issues. This module takes on: The bathroom issue: how to (re)design public restrooms and locker room for transgender inclusion; Racism and whiteness in LGBTQ+ communities; Queer(ing) religion: A history of conflict and reconciliation; Queer parenting: A case study of one queer family; and Queering sex education: An LGBTQ+ inclusive approach to sexuality curricula.

What's included

6 videos5 readings1 quiz


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4.8 (298 ratings)
Jacob McWilliams
University of Colorado System
2 Courses31,900 learners
K. Mohrman
University of Colorado System
1 Course28,961 learners

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