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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Queer Studies (DESI08141)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide undergraduate students with an introduction to the study of sexual identity and sexuality across a variety of disciplines, incorporating a wide array of historical and international perspectives. It will provide a grounding in key terms and debates, and explore the ways in which diverse fields of study explore and interrogate questions of queerness. The historical development of queer studies will be traced and challenged. The course will be taught by a number of staff from across the University of Edinburgh who are renowned for their research into LGBTQ+ culture, history and politics.
Course description This course will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. Each week, guest tutors from across the University of Edinburgh - from subject areas including Design, History of Art, Anthropology, German, Sociology, Law, African Studies, and Health Sciences - will deliver lectures which introduce key concepts and terms in queer studies in relation to their fields of research and study.

The course will explore a variety of key questions and topics, such as:
- The birth of queer theory, and its relation to lesbian and gay studies
- Analysis of same-sex identities, communities and relationships in a global context
- Issues relating to LGBTQ+ representation in the media, popular culture, and other forms of creative practice
- Intersections between queerness and gender, race, class, etc
- The history of LGBTQ+ activism and rights, including backlashes and anti-gay politics and movements
- The relationship between queerness and various Institutional frameworks (such as law, religion, and medicine)
- The evolution of trans* politics

Seminars will be centred on set readings, which will be used as the basis for class discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  180
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative assessment (due several weeks into term): an essay proposal including indicative research question, bibliography and case study/studies.

There is one component of summative assessment:

End of semester: one 3000-word essay. A set of essay questions will be provided, but students will be encouraged to develop their own questions through the formative and its feedback (100% of course mark)

Relationship between Assessment and Learning Outcomes:
The summative submission is assessed against all 3 Learning Outcomes equally.
Feedback Formative Assessment:
The formative assessment task will be evaluated in writing through Learn. This feedback will be provided within 15 working days of the submission deadline.

Summative Assessment
Written feedback on the summative assessment, the essay, will be provided via Learn/TurnItIn. This will be provided within 15 working days.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the evolution of queer studies as a discipline.
  2. Identify core concepts in queer studies and apply these to a variety of historical and global examples.
  3. Discuss the variety of ways in which queerness has been explored by diverse fields of academic enquiry.
Reading List
Henry Abelove, Michele Aina Barale, and David M. Halperin, 'The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader' (Routledge, 1993).
Reina Gossett, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton (eds), 'Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility' (MIT Press, 2018).
Donald E. Hall and Annamarie Jagose (eds), 'The Routledge Queer Studies Reader' (Routledge, 2012).
Annamarie Jagose, 'Queer Theory: An Introduction' (New York University Press, 1997).
Jeffrey Weeks, 'Coming Out: The Emergence of LGBT Identities in Britain from the 19th Century to the Present' (Quartet, 2016, revised and updated edition).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- undertake critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues in relation to queer studies
- draw on a range of approaches to formulate and critically evaluate evidence-based responses
- convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes
- exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level
Keywordsqueer,queer studies,LGBTQ,LGBT,sexuality,lesbian and gay,queer history,queer politics
Course organiserDr Merlin Seller
Course secretaryMr Aidan Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306
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