Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies

Courses

JNS450H1S
Sexuality & Disability
Thursday 13:00-15:00

An interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to the study of disability and sexuality. Students will enage with historical, mainstream and critical discourses and explore complex issues and representations pertaining to disability, sexuality, sexual practices and desire. Draws from a range of writings and cultural texts in queer, crip and sexuality studies.

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1 (UNI255H1/UNI256H1) or NEW240Y1/NEW241Y1 or permission of the instructor
Exclusion: SDS455H1: Special Topics in Sexual Diversity: Sexuality & Disability (2015)

JPU315H1F
Sexual Diversity Politics R6-8 (Instructor: J Pereira Marsiaj)
Lecture: Thursday 18:00-20:00

An interdisciplinary examination of the development of political visibility by gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and the transgendered in the contemporary period; and an analysis of public policy on and state regulation of sexual diversity in Canada, the U.S., Europe, with additional attention paid to developments in Latin America, East Asia, and Africa. (Given by the Department of Political Science and the Sexual Diversity Studies Program)

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1/UNI255H1/UNI256H1/one full course on the politics of 20th century Europe, U.S., or Canada/one full course on gender or sexuality/permission of the instructor
Exclusion: POL315H1/POL315Y1

 

JSU237H1F (formerly UNI237)
Introduction to HIV/AIDS (Instructor: Scott Rayter)
Lecture: Thursday 10:00-13:00

A critical examination of the HIV/AIDS global pandemic from a multidisciplinary perspective and with an emphasis on sexuality. The course examines the basic biology of HIV/AIDS and then covers social, historical, political, cultural, gender, and public health aspects of HIV/AIDS. Attention is given to the distinct features of vulnerable and marginalized populations, prevention, treatment, drug development, and access to medicines.

 

JSU325H1 (formerly UNI325) *NOT OFFERED IN 2016-2017*
Queerly Canadian  (Instructor: Scott Rayter)

This course focuses on Canadian literary and artistic productions that challenge prevailing notions of nationality and sexuality, exploring not only how artists struggle with that ongoing Canadian thematic of being and belonging, but also how they celebrate pleasure and desire as a way of imagining and articulating an alternative national politics.

Prerequisite: UNI255H1/UNI256H1 or UNI220Y1 or permission of the instructor

 

SDS255H1F (formerly UNI255)
Histories and Sexualities (Instructor: Scott Rayter)
Lecture: Tuesday 14:00-16:00
Tutorial: Tuesday 16:00-17:00

An interdisciplinary examination of sexuality across cultures and periods. How are sexualities represented? How are they suppressed or celebrated? How and why are they labeled as straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or perverse? How do sexualities change with ethnicity, class, and gender?

 

SDS256H1S (formerly UNI256)
Social Science of Sexuality
Lecture: Wednesday 15:00-18:00

A cross-cultural perspective on the methodological and theoretical approaches used by social scientists to study human sexuality and gendered diversity.

 

SDS345H1F(formerly UNI345)
Sex and the Epidemic (Instructor: D. Brennan)
Lecture: Tuesday 14:00-17:00

HIV has forever changed the way human beings understand sexuality. Through a social justice lens, this course examines the nature of community norms, laws, popular media, and the academy to explore how the epidemic has impacted the provision of social services in relation to the diversity of human sexuality.

 

SDS346H1F  (formerly UNI346H1) 
Feminist and Queer Approaches to Technology (Instructor: P. Keilty)
Lecture: Tuesday 10:00-12:00
What do electronic technologies mean for feminist and queer identity, activism, sociability, art, and politics? This course considers a range of critical pressure points central to digital studies, including social networking, participatory media, digital archives, databases, new media activism, performance, embodiment, and representations of race, gender, and sexuality in electronic contexts.
Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1/UNI255H1/UNI256H1 or permission of the instructor
Exclusion: UNI346H1
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

SDS354H1F (formerly UNI354)
Theories of Sexuality I
Lecture: Wednesday 12:00-14:00

A survey of classic western theories of sexuality; each theory is examined in terms of the practices it allows and prohibits. Under consideration are not only the descriptive and/or prescriptive aspects of a particular framework but its epistemic grounds, and implications for understanding identity, body, community, and state.

Prerequisite: UNI255H1/UNI256H1

 

SDS355H1S
Theory of Sexuality II
Lectures: Wednesday 12:00-14:00

An integrated survey of  ways in which sexuality has been theorized recently. How have desire and its identities been conceptualized and deployed? What are the implications for psychoanalysis, feminism, and cultural production? What interconnections have yet to be made between sexuality and the markers of gender, race, and class?

Prerequisite: UNI255H1/UNI256H1 or permission of the instructor

 

SDS365H1F  (formerly UNI365)
Sexuality and Law (Instructor: Brenda Cossman)
Lecture: Thursday 10:00-12:00

The course explores the legal regulation of sexuality. How does law understand, constitute and regulate sex, sexuality and sexual diversity? It will consider the role of different types of regulation, including criminal law, family law and constitutional law, and explore issues ranging from sex work and pornography to same sex marriage to transgender discrimination.

Prerequisite: POL315H1/UNI255H1/UNI256H1 or permission of the instructor

 

SDS375H1F (formerly UNI375H1)
Special Topics: Intro to Trans Studies
Lecture: Monday 18:00-21:00

This introductory course invites students to develop and deepen their understanding of current and historical transgender issues. Students will become familiar with available related resources, academic research, conceptual frameworks and political approaches to trans issues. As a class, we will explore legal and health care issues & politics, mainstream and other media representations (including films, interviews, and other genres), as well as current and historical advocacy and community work, particularly in relation to power structures such as the nation-state, race, disability, sexuality, and other factors. By the end of the semester, students will have a strong background in both general trans issues as well as the ways that trans issues effect and are part of students’ own lives and lived spaces and contexts. Individualized final projects will provide students with the opportunity to focus on and learn about specific communities, actions, or issues most relevant to their own interests and trajectories and our projects will deepen our common understanding of trans people, communities, and issues.

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1/UNI255H1/UNI256H1 or permission of the instructor
Exclusion: UNI375H1

 

SDS376H1S (formerly UNI376H1)
Special Topics: Introduction to Queer of Colour Critique
Lecture: Thursday 13:00-15:00

This course examines the intersections between race, gender and sexuality through an exploration of the political theories, activisms and cultural forms of LGBTQ people of colour. It will study the emergence of queer of colour theory and critiques, examine its roots in women of colour feminism and investigate the ways in which the intersections of race, gender and sexuality figure in national, global, economic, and cultural structures.

Prerequisite: UNI255H1/UNI256H1

 

SDS377H1S (formerly UNI377)
Lesbian Studies
Lecture: Tuesday 12:00-15:00

This multidisciplinary course examines multiple lesbian identities that have varied in time and place. The course will pose such questions as: What does lesbian mean? Why have changes occurred in meaning? How has the identity of lesbian been culturally represented and politically expressed in various social and political contexts? It will also take up contemporary theoretical, cultural, and political understandings of lesbianism.

Prerequisite: UNI255H1/UNI256H1

 

SDS378H1S (formerly UNI376)
Queer Youth Studies in Education
Lecture: Monday 12:00-14:00

Experiences of queer youth are explored in various education settings through academic research, personal essays, and visual and performing arts to investigate how queer youth define themselves, what they are learning, the curriculum and pedagogy used in the learning process and the possibilities of said learning for social change, individual and community well-being.

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1/UNI255H1/UNI256H1 or permission of the instructor
Exclusion: UNI378H1; UNI376H1 (2013-2014 session)

 

SDS379H1S (formerly UNI375)
Queer Pop Culture
Lecture: Wednesday 13:00-15:00

Queer pop/culture brings together work from several disciplines that address queer representation in multiple contexts. The course will focus on international culture, addressing subjects such as the rise of the queer cowboy, the emergence of lesbian chic, and the expansion of representations of blackness, and work on online communities.

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1/UNI255H1/UNI256H1 or permission of the instructor
Exclusion: UNI379H1; UNI375H1 (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014 sessions)

 

SDS380H1F
Global Sexualities
Lecture: Monday 11:00-13:00

An exploration of LGBTQ rights and changes in social and cultural responses to sexual diversity in varied regional, national, and cultural contexts, potentially including Africa, Latin America, South and East Asia, and Eastern Europe.  The role of transnational linkages and networks will also be considered in effecting change.

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1 or permission of the instructor

 

SDS390H1F
Sexuality & Sport
Lecture: Tuesday 12:00-15:00

The myriad of practices, politics and histories that surround and shape (post)modern conceptions and experiences of gender/s and sexualities are now of major interest in sport, exercise and physical cultural studies. Addressing the multiplicity and complexity of gendered and sexual orientations, this course examines how gender/s and sexual identities have influenced, or been influenced by experiences in sport and how sport is experienced as a sensuous, eroticized and sexualized space, which can enable and/or constrain participation. Drawing from key critical literatures, film, guest speakers, and field trips, we will explore the role of sports and wellness programs in promoting or impeding social inclusion, as well as their role in community building among sexual minorities. The course will consider the ways that sexuality has been framed or regulated in sports, as well as the challenges to such limits from among athletes, LGBTQ activists, and others. 

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1 (UNI255H1/UNI256H1) or permission from the instructor.
Distribution Requirement Status: Social Science
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

 

SDS458H1(formerly UNI458)
Research Essay in Sexual Diversity
Lecture: n/a

A research essay under the supervision of a faculty member with knowledge of sexual diversity, the proposal, and supervisor subject to the approval of the SDS Program Director.

Prerequisite: UNI255H1, UNI256H1

 

SDS459Y1 (formerly UNI459)
Honours Essay In Sexual Diversity
Lecture: n/a

A major research essay prepared over the course of two academic terms (one year); under the supervision of a faculty member with knowledge of sexual diversity; the proposal and supervisor subject to the approval of the SDS Program Director.

Prerequisite: UNI255H, UNI256H

 

SDS460Y1 (formerly UNI460)
Advanced Research In Sexual Diversity Studies
Lecture: Friday 10:00-12:00

A capstone for majors and specialists who will work closely with SDS faculty in developing their own research project while participating in this seminar and learning about key debates, methodologies, and ethical issues in conducting research in SDS. Students will learn to write proposals, ethics reviews, grants and other relevant documents. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: UNI255H1/UNI256H1 and one 300-level SDS course

 

SDS470H1 (formerly UNI470) *NOT OFFERED IN 2016-2017*
Sexual Aesthetics, Sexual Representation

This course explores the history, culture, and aesthetics of sexual representations. Is there a difference between erotica and pornography? How do debates about artistic merit and censorship relate to larger issues of power, capitalism, and technology? How are sexual desires and identities increasingly shaped around those sexual representations?

 

SDS477H1F (formerly UNI477)
Trans Studies
Lecture: Monday 18:00-21:00

This upper-level seminar course invites students to learn about and participate in transgender histories, focusing on local, regional and transnational histories from the 1960s into the present. The course will explore dimensions of community and power dynamics especially in terms of race, sexuality, class, indigeneity, sex work, disability, labour, and other important factors that shape and influence individual and socio-cultural experiences and structures. Students will develop familiarity with what is known about trans histories and how trans people and communities exist today, especially in Toronto and especially in terms of LGBTQ+ and racial politics. Students will explore and have the opportunity to create physical exhibits and digital/web resources as well as participate in preparing and conducting oral histories. This seminar will be especially beneficial to students with a strong background in gender, sexuality, race, and anti-oppressive politics as well as to students with interest or background in history. Each week we will explore a specific historical issue in-depth and create accessible resources to share with the broader public about critical local, regional, and transnational trans histories.

 

SDS478H1F (formerly UNI478H1)

Queer Musics

Lecture: Wednesday 10:00 -12:00

This course explores how sexuality and gender are performed in and through a variety of musics, including popular musics and opera. Topics include music as sexual politics; vicissitudes of queer theory in music; homo-musical communities and groups; music technologies and sexualities; gay/lesbian icons in popular musics; lesbian/gay desire and divas.

 

SDS490Y1Y
Engaging our Communities
Lecture: Monday 15:00-17:00

This 4th-year SDS service learning course will have a practical component that will allow students to be placed in various LGBT community organizations in the city (some of these may include the Lesbian Gay Archives, the 519 Church Street Community Centre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Glad Day Bookshop, The Sex-Ed Centre at UofT, The Women’s and Trans Centre at UofT, PWA, AIDS Community of Toronto, TEACH (Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia), SOY (Supporting Our Youth), Lesbian Gay Bi Trans YouthLine, Casey House, Inside Out Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Egale, Maggie’s). As students meet throughout the year in class, they will consider larger questions about queer communities and the politics of engagement, active citizenship, mobilization, and archiving those histories.  Students will also develop their own research project related to their placement, e.g., they might examine and write about or add to the history of a particular organization, and its role in the community. Some students may also develop ethics review proposals that will allow for interviews and engagement with members of those organizations, both past and current, and how they have dealt with issues of accessibility, belonging, activism, and philanthropy in the LGBT community.

Please note that only studentsin the specialist or major programs in Sexuality Diversity Studiescan enroll in this course.

Important Courses in Other Departments

ENG273Y1Y 
Queer Writing
Lecture: Tuesday 11:00-13, Thursday 11:00-12:00

Introducing a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer tradition in literature and theory, this course explores classical, modern, postmodern, and contemporary literature, criticism, art, film, music, and popular culture.

Prerequisite: 1.0 ENG FCE or any 4.0 FCE
Distribution Requirement Status: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

 

CRI387H1
Legal Regulation of Morality (Instructor: M Valverde)
Lecture: Tuesday 14:00-17:00

Moral regulation through criminal law, and the role of legal texts and procedures in promoting certain values while marginalizing others. The decriminalization of homosexuality and abortion, the censorship of pornography, the key role of administrative law mechanisms, and the transformation from direct to indirect forms of regulation.

Prerequisite: UNI255H1/UNI256H1/WDW205H1, WDW225H1/WDW200Y1, WDW220Y1

Exclusion: WDW391H1 in 2002