SOC 130: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2024
Credits: 3
Total Contact Hours: 54
Lecture Hours : 54
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 108
Total Student Learning Hours: 162
District General Education: C2. Humanities, D2. Behavioral Science
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: Yes - Approved
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

This introductory course examines a broad range of contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues in various contexts including bio-medical, sociological, political, racial and sexual. 54 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • Analyze the various ways people identify their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity and expression.
  • Explore the intersections of homophobia, transphobia, sexism, heterosexism, racism, classism, ageism, ableism and other intersecting identities within the context of LGBTQ political struggles in the United States.
  • Assess theories about sexual orientation and gender identity and expression within the context of Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, and Queer Theory.
  • Examine the continuous evolution of legal policies and societal views of LGBTQ people on a global level.
  • Examine sexual orientation and gender identity issues within the Native American, African American, Chicano/a and Latino/a, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and recent immigrant communities in the United States.
  • Identify key individuals and describe their roles and contributions to domestic and international LGBTQ struggles for full human rights.
  • Assess the impact of hate crimes on LGBTQ individuals, the LGBTQ community, the community at large, and public policy.
  • Research the history of public health policy in the United States as well as internationally to explore the ways that LGBTQ people have consistently suffered under homophobic and transphobic policies.
  • Examine the evolution of LGBTQ culture in the media and the arts.

Major Course Content

  1. Intersecting identities and LGBTQ communities
  2. Heterosexism and heteronormative culture
  3. Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, and Queer Theory
  4. Sexual Orientation Identity and Gender Identity
  5. Asexual and intersex issues and experiences
  6. LGBTQ Identity Across Cultures in the United States
  7. Global LGBTQ Laws, Rights, and Policies
  8. Key Figures in LGBTQ History
  9. LGBTQ Civil Rights and Human Rights Movement
  10. Impact of Hate Crimes on the LGBTQ Community
  11. The Influence of Religion
  12. LGBTQ Issues in healthcare
  13. LGBTQ Protest and Pride
  14. LGBTQ Culture in the Media

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Read a novel with LGBTQ themes and discuss/write how it relates to social context. Students can also create a poster or presentation based on the novels. Some suggestions for novels (not an exhaustive list) include: -Moore, Perry. Hero -Tea, Michelle. Rose of no man's land -Genet, Jean. Our lady of the flowers -Walker, Alice. The Color Purple -Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A family tragicomic -Levithan David. Boy meets boy -Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Do a content analysis of mainstream media vs. queer media and write a report.

Examples of Outside Assignments

•Writing ◦Notebook/journal ◦Paragraphs ◦Essays ◦Research papers ◦Portfolios ◦Analyses ◦Reports ◦Responses/Reactions ◦Critiques

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture

IGETC Area 3: Arts and Humanities

3B. Humanities

IGETC Area 4: Social and Behavioral Sciences

4. Social and Behavioral Sciences