Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies


Find the 2018-2019 Faculty of Arts and Science calendar here.

See here for the 2018-19 Timetable.

Sexuality & Disability (Instructor: Loree Erickson)
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)

Sexual Diversity Politics R6-8 (Instructor: Julie Moreau)
Lecture: Thursday 18:00-20:00

This is an interdisciplinary course examining the development of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) movement and its interaction with the state in the US and Canada. (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


JSU237H1S (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.


JSU325H1S (formerly UNI325) 
Queerly Canadian  (Instructor: Scott Rayter)
Not offered in 2018/19 academic year

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: Thursday 13:00-14:00 / 14:00-15:00

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 (Instructor: Kevin Nixon)
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: David 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 
Not offered in 2018/19 academic year
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 (Instructor: Elena Basile)
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 (formerly UNI355)
Theories of Sexuality II (Instructor: Elena Basile)
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
Not offered in 2018/19 academic year

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: Sex and the State (Instructor: Julie Moreau)
Lecture: Wednesday 12:00-14:00

What role have sex and sexuality played in the formation of the modern nation state? How has the state regulated sex? This course explores these questions with a theoretical focus on biopolitics. We will proceed in two parts. First, we engage Foucault’s History of Sexuality and its reception by postcolonial theorists, focusing on questions of state building. The second part of the course shifts examination from state formation to contemporary forms of sexual regulation by the state. This includes maintenance of the public/private divide, citizenship law and nationalism, university sexual assault policy and discourse, administrative violence and the prison industrial complex, and neoliberalism and BDSM. By the end of the course, students are able to apply core theoretical concepts to identify forms of contemporary sexual regulation in a variety of Western and non-Western contexts.

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


SDS375H1S (formerly UNI375H1)
Special Topics: Queer Indigenous Politics and Culture (Instructor: Maya Chacaby)
Lecture: Monday 10:00-12:00

This course introduces students to questions of gender, sexuality, two-spirit and same-sex desire at the intersections of race, indigeneity, and the violences of settler colonialism. Students will engage with work by scholars, activists, and artists in the field of indigeneous and queer studies, decolonizing activism and cultural production.

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


SDS377H1S (formerly UNI377)
Lesbian Studies: Identity/Theory/Culture (Instructor: Tori Smith)
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 (Instructor: David Pereira)
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 
Not offered in 2018/19 academic year

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)


Sexual Diversity in a Global Context (Instructor: Julie Moreau)
Lecture: Wednesday 16:00-18:00

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


 (formerly UNI375H1)

Intro to Trans Studies (Instructor: Syrus Marcus Ware)
Lecture: Wednesday 10:00-12:00

This introductory course engages students with contemporary research on transgender issues from intersectional, trans/national and critical race perspectives. Students will become familiar with related resources, academic research, conceptual frameworks and political approaches to trans issues. It explores explore legal, cultural and social 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 post-colonialism and globalization, the nation-state, race, immigration, disability and sexuality.

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


SDS382H1S (formerly UNI376H1)
Introduction to Queer of Colour Critique (Instructor: Dai Kojima)
Lecture: Tuesday 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: SDS255H1/SDS256H1/UNI255H1/UNI256H1 or permission of the instructor


Sexuality & Sport
Not offered in 2018/19 academic year

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)


SDS455H1F (formerly UNI455H1)
Special Topics: Queer Migrations and Refugee Politics (Instructor: Lynn Ly)
Lecture: Thursday 10:00-12:00

This interdisciplinary course will explore the politics of migration and border-crossing from queer, feminist, and trans perspectives. Drawing upon contemporary North American and transnational research, students will engage with critical literature on citizenship and the state, mobility, belonging, and kinship and how these processes intersect with sexuality in the context of immigration and refugee systems.

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1 (UNI255H1/UNI256H1) or permission from the instructor.


SDS455H1S (formerly UNI455H1)
Special Topics: Sexuality & Health  (Instructor: David R. Anderson)
Lecture: Thursday 13:00-15:00

How is the idea of “ethics” understood and deployed in research on sexuality and health? What are the ways in which discourses of “risk,” “precarity” and “cure” become regulative frameworks? How do racialization, colonialism and nation-­building participate in the biopolitics of sexuality and health? With these questions in mind, this interdisciplinary course will engage with various scholarly and activist literatures from Youth Studies, Critical Disability Studies, Sex Education, Public Health Research on Trans Communities, Critical Development Studies, and Queer and Feminist Cancer Studies to explore the cultural, social and political dimensions of ethics, health and sexuality historically, and at the present moment.

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


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

*Policy on SDS Independent Studies Courses (updated August 15, 2018)
Students are allowed no more than 1.0 FCEs in Independent Studies. Students must have maintained a GPA of A- or higher and Undergraduate Director’s approval of the project is required. 
If you are interested in enrolling in SDS458H/SDS459Y, please fill out the form available here and submit it to Please note that it is your responsibility to find an appropriate SDS supervisor for your independent study prior to submission of the form.


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

*Policy on SDS Independent Studies Courses (updated August 15, 2018)
Students are allowed no more than 1.0 FCEs in Independent Studies. Students must have maintained a GPA of A- or higher and Undergraduate Director’s approval of the project is required. 
If you are interested in enrolling in SDS458H/SDS459Y, please fill out the form available here and submit it to Please note that it is your responsibility to find an appropriate SDS supervisor for your independent study prior to submission of the form.


SDS460Y1 (formerly UNI460)
Advanced Research In Sexual Diversity Studies (Instructor: Tori Smith)
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


SDS470H1F (formerly UNI470H) 
Sexual Aesthetics, Sexual Representation (Instructor: Laine Z. Newman)
Wednesday 14:00-16:00

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?

Prerequisite: SDS255H1/SDS256H1/UNI255H1/UNI256H1 and at least 1.0FCE in SDS at the 300-level
Exclusion: UNI470H1; UNI475H1, Special Topics: Porn Studies
Recommended Preparation: SDS365H1/UNI365H1/WDW387H1


SDS477H1F (formerly UNI477)
Trans Studies
Not offered in 2018/19 academic year

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.


SDS478H1S (formerly UNI478H1)
Queer Musics (Instructor: Elizabeth Gould)
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.


Engaging our Communities (Instructor: Dai Kojima)
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 students in the specialist or major programs in Sexuality Diversity Studies can enroll in this course.

Cross-Listed Courses in Other Departments

Queer Writing (Instructor: Michael Cobb)
Lecture: Monday 18:00-21:00

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)



Legal Regulation of Morality
Not offered in 2018/19 academic year

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