Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course Description

In this engaging interdisciplinary and cross-cultural course, you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most influential theories related to gender, sexuality, and queerness and gain a deeper understanding of your own identities. The course materials come from a wide range of sources, both within and beyond academia, including, but not limited to, academic papers/chapters/books as well as non-academic blog posts, documentaries, and literature. In a supportive, safe, and encouraging online environment, you will discuss and debate a range of topics in which you find your voice, and most importantly, develop convincing arguments. You will have an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to current events such as #MeToo movements and LGBTQ activism in the U.S. and China, India, Latin America, and the Middle East.

By the end of this online course, you will be able to:

  • List the major theories about gender, sexuality, and queerness from multiple disciplines, including, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, history, biology, philosophy, public health, queer theory, and so on
  • List real-world examples that challenge normative understandings about gender, sexuality, and queerness
  • Build a basic foundation of different schools of thought about gender, sexuality, and queerness
  • Develop a personal framework to understand gender, sexuality, and/or queerness informed by other disciplines
  • Produce your own project related to gender, sexuality, and/or queer theory in the form of a paper, a video, a booklet, a website, or other creative formats with approval from the instructor


This course will be reading- and writing- intensive. You will read challenging college-level articles with academic terms and concepts that are likely unfamiliar to you. Additionally, you will be asked to respectfully share your thoughts about sensitive and mature subject matters with your instructor and classmates in online discussion forums.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Duration: 4 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Asynchronous
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Yifeng Cai
Course Number: 10137