Course Number

LGBT 220

Course Title

Explorations in LGBTQ Studies

Course Date

Spring 2012

Course Level


Professor or Professors' Departmental/Program Affiliation

K G Valente, Mathematics, LGBTQ Studies

Document Type



LGBTQ Studies


LGBT 220 is designed to explore the lives, experiences, and representations of LGBTQ persons, those who identify or are identified as transgressive in terms of their sexuality and/or gender expression. Although particular emphases may vary from semester to semester, topics typically consider LGBTQ communities and families, cultures, and subcultures; histories, institutions, and literatures; and/or economic and political lives. Selected topics also serve to expose complex cultural forces that continue to shape sexuality and regulate its various expressions. The course is intended to promote the examination of new theories and methodologies in relation to established disciplines as it underscores the generation of new knowledge within traditional fields of scholarship.

This semester, the course will adopt histories and historical scholarship as ways of exploring LGBTQ Studies. The intersection of these areas is rich with questions: What is LGBTQ Studies and what can its perspectives contribute to historical discourses? What motives and methodologies shape historical research within LGBTQ Studies? What particular concerns are related to such undertakings? To what extent can the past inform the present regarding the lives and experiences of LGBTQ identified persons as well as our understanding of human sexuality in its many manifestations?


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