Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies


As you are aware, in order to complete your SDS collaborative specialization you need to have taken a half-credit course (o.5 FCE), at the graduate level, related to sexuality or gender. As some students have been having trouble finding the required content in their home departments, we have put together courses that will meet that need. Below, you will find information about the courses.

SDS1000H Theory and Methods in Sexual Diversity Studies (January 2020)

Instructor: Jordache Ellapen

Time: Winter Term (2020), Fridays, 1-3pm

This course is designed to serve as the core course for the Collaborative Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies, although students whose departments are not part of the Collaborative Specialization, or who for other reasons, are not in the program are nevertheless very welcome to take the course if spaces are available.  Registration in the course requires a SDS1000 ballot, which must be submitted to the Bonham Centre office at  The course is limited to 15 spaces.

The ballot for SDS1000 will be available in fall.


SDS1999H  Special Topics: Queering Design: Sexual Politics of Space, Place, and Digital Culture (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Jasmine Rault

Time: Fall Term, Thursdays 1-4pm

This course asks students to explore the ways that queer theory might be taken up by design thinking. The queerness that this course engages is a capacious critical orientation to those lives and modes of living, bodies and forms of embodiment, creative imaginations and their limits, that shape our everyday sense of what is possible and impossible. Thinking queerly allows us to ask, how do we imagine and design for justice and freedom – in fields not limited to architecture, urban planning, domestic and digital space? With a focus on design justice, we will explore the ways that material and digital architectures work to both reflect and shape our intimate experiences and knowledges of gender, sexuality, race, class, nation, ability, safety and risk, capacity and incapacity. In what ways do design decisions enable, disable, discipline and disorient genders, sexualities, racialities, desires, imaginings, socialities and intimacies?