LSO290 - Queer Studies

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Subject Title
Queer Studies

Subject Description
As an introduction to queer studies, this course will explore the history of sexuality, in particular shifting concepts of male-male desire, as well as related issues pertaining to queer sexuality and identity through the medium of literature, theory, and film.

Credit Status
One lower level Liberal Studies elective credit in a Degree program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define issues pertaining to queer studies to gain familiarity with this academic field
  2. Explain present day issues pertaining to queer studies through a historical lens
  3. Analyze texts to open them up for interpretation and argumentation
  4. Use research methods to build research skills
  5. Apply theoretical approaches of queer studies to our material to build independent thinking

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ENG106 or equivalent

Topic Outline

  • History of queer theory
  • Intersection of gender and sexuality
  • Sexual identity, gender and transgender identifications
  • Heterosexism, patriarchy and xenophobia
  • Queer class
  • Queer borders

Mode of Instruction
The instructor will use a variety of appropriate teaching modes and techniques, such as lecture, discussion, group work, individual/group presenations, digitial media, consultation and demonstrations.

Prescribed Texts

Please refer to professor’s addenda for information on prescribed textbook and course material.

Reference Material

Students are required to use a Research Guide for all their assignments, available from the Seneca Library :

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achiee an overall grade of 50% or higher.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.
Term work:
All term assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of an assignment due date to discuss the possibility of extension.  Late assignments will be subject to a penalty resulting in a lower grade.  If a graded assignment is missed, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty or department on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments
Response Papers (x3) 30%
Seminars (x2) 20%
Term Paper 25%
Final Exam 25%

Students are graded on form as well as content.  Marks will be deducted for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar and mechanics.
Student Success:
Come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in all graded work on time and attend each scheduled session.  Following these suggestions will increase you chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood