We live in a world surrounded by individuals and communities with diverse ways of being. In order to understand the nature of these varieties of lived experiences around us, it is crucial to critically examine the ways in which they are rooted in systems of power. This course focuses on gender and sexuality as categories that are shaped by this power and inform the positions people occupy in a range of social contexts. It aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to perform an intersectional analysis of inequalities that those marginalized on the basis of their gender and sexuality face. Students will be facilitated in considering multiple categories like religion, race, ethnicity, class, and ability, in order to contextualize the meanings and manifestations of gender and sexuality. Case studies will be shared to apply the theoretical perspectives discussed throughout the course to analyze practical issues and to understand solutions to some of the complex challenges that gender and sexual marginalization poses.
- Professor: Uzma Rashid