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GAYS AND LESBIANS IN AMERICAN CULTURE (SOC-242204)

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Course Description:


The greater visibility of lesbians and gay men has been one of the most notable changes in contemporary American culture. Whereas once lesbians and gays were confined to the cultural “closet,” cultural productions by and about gay people now span popular media such as sit-coms and more “serious” genres such as theater.

These works of art and culture are part of a more general social awareness of diversity, including diversity of sexual orientation, and they raise a number of issues for Americans, both gay and straight. Is homosexuality (or heterosexuality, for that matter) something you are or something you do? What is the relationship between differences in sexual orientation and other formulations of difference? This course will examine how recent American plays, novels, autobiographies, movies, television programming, comic strips, and other cultural texts have been exploring these and related issues. In doing this work, students will also be introduced to tools of cultural analysis used in the contemporary humanities, contributing a foundation for more advanced work in Cultural Studies and the arts.

Note: Students will need the capability to acquire and view DVD materials for this course.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Humanities.


This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Lower Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Humanities-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1. Fall 2.

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