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GWS 470 TBG - Transgender Studies

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


What are the issues and politics related to transgender and transsexual identities- Students will examine and critically evaluate historical and contemporary debates that contest normative male/female binaries and traditional categorizations of sexuality. The course moves beyond these initial inquiries into gender theory to consider the effects of institutional discourses produced through stage and civil society. Taught with particular attention given to questions of race, national formations, medical, and legal discourses. Areas of inquiry may include gender theory, transnational identities, gendered and racial performances, medical and psychological diagnoses, violence, the law, and the Prison Industrial Complex. Through these topics, students will be asked to consider important questions over political and legal representation, autonomy, the rights of citizenship, and the practice of everyday life. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course

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Graduate students sign up under this CRN. This course is intended to familiarize students with the emergence of the field of transgender studies, its major concepts and frameworks, and the central debates animating current transgender studies work. Rather than inquiring into the -truth- of transgender identities or bodies, or taking them as pre-existing objects of study, we will consider how transgender subjects have been produced historically and socially. That is to say, instead of seeking facts about transgender people (or identities, or bodies), one aim of this course is to understand how and why they come to be subjects of fact-finding missions in the first place. We will spend the first half of the semester critically examining the term -transgender- through two units: one focused on classification and naming practices, and one focused on how specific institutions produce the category of transgender. The second half of the course is dedicated to key concepts and conversat

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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