Last Revised and Approved: 09/08/2016
SOC 140 - Introduction to LGBT Studies
Units Lecture 3.00 Units Lab 0.00 Units Total 3.00
Lecture Weekly Contact Hours 3.00 Lab Weekly Contact Hours 0.00 Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Lecture Weekly Outside of Class Hours 0.00 Lab Weekly Outside of Class Hours 0.00 Total Weekly Outside of Class Hours 0.00
Total Semester Hours 48.00 - 54.00 Total Outside of Class Hours 0.00 - 0.00
Typically Offered: Fall or Spring - F OR SP
Course Description
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to concepts, theories, and research findings through a sociological perspective in the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) issues with particular attention to the operation of social institutions. Topics include politics, policy and governance of LGBT issues, social movements and resistance, biological and environmental impacts on identity, equity, equality and inclusion, privilege and disadvantage, queer activism; diverse experiences of sexuality; and representations in literature, art, and popular culture. The class emphasizes ways in which sexual identities intersect with and shape other categories of identity, including class, race and ethnicity, and social class. C-ID SJS-130.
Enrollment Restrictions
Outline of Course Lecture Content
The course lecture will address the following topics:
I. Overview of history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered (LGBT) studies
A. Early U.S. history and Stonewall
B. Current status of LGBT/queer community. 

II. Fundamental sociological concepts 
A. Social structure and social institutions
B. Social stratification/social class
C. Race/ethnicity-class-gender matrix
D. Homophobia/transphobia/heterosexism
E. Institutional discrimination
F. Sociological imagination. 

III Sociological theories and queer theories
A. Functionalist
B. Conflict 
C. Symbolic interaction
D. Queer Theory.

IV. Sociological research methods
A. Quantitative
B. Qualitative.

V. Biological/bio-evolutionary perspective
A. Kinsey Study
B. Cultural notions of masculinities and femininities
C. Sexual orientation and gender identity
D. Social construction and cultural/cross-cultural influences on sexuality and transgender issues.

VI. LGBT identified persons and roles in social institutions 
A. Family 
B. Education 
C. Economics/work 
D. Health
E. Science 
F. Religion 
G. Politics 
H. Mass media 
I. Sports 
J. Military.

VII. Popular culture 
A. Themes and images
B. Ideologies and stereotypes 
C. Media theories.

VIII. LGBT community and the arts 
A. Representation in the arts 
B. Censorship in film and television 
C. Queer creative self-expression.

IX. The coming out process
A. Challenges and obstacles in coming out
B. Coming out throughout the life course
C. Coming out trans
D. Homelessness and other outcomes.

X. Hate crimes
A. Bullying and cyberbullying
B. Crimes against the LGBT community.

XI. Social/political movements and social change: Pride 
A. Regional impact of Pride movement 
B. National impact of Pride movement
C. Global impact of Pride movement
D. Social and political movements outside of the U.S.

XII. Directions and trends in LGBT studies
A. Impact of LGBT research 
B. Current developments in the discipline.

XIII. Unique experiences and demographic characteristics 
A. Lesbian
B. Gay
C. Bisexual
D. Transgender
E. Queer/questioning
F. Intersex
G. Asexual.

Outline of Course Lab Content
The course lab will address the following topics:
Performance Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:
1). Examine the lives and experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer/questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) identified persons through a sociological lens.
2). Develop an understanding of the history and evolution of queer theory and LGBTQIA+ studies.
3). Examine research methods used in sociology and queer/LGBTQIA+ studies.
4). Distinguish between the biological characteristics of sexual traits and the social construction of sexual identity.
5). Recognize the cultural differences within the LGBTQIA+ movement and community.
6). Identify the intersectionality of sexual identities in relationship to gender, class and race/ethnicity.
7). Demonstrate familiarity with how LGBTQIA+ issues impact various components of society.
8). Evaluate the influence of the LGBTQIA+ movement from a local, national, and global perspective.
9). Recognize homophobia and heteronormativity in current society through analysis of media and current events.
10). Analyze and evaluate the effects of inequality in the lives of LGBTQIA+ identified persons.

Reading Assignments
Reading assignments will be consistent with, but not limited by, the following types and examples:

1). Analyze, compare, and contrast scholarly work in the areas of LGBT studies and sociology and integrate these readings in written assignments and class discussions.

2). Analyze, compare, and contrast films and printed material (books, magazines, journals, etc.) and their role in shaping the societal discourse on LGBT issues.

3). Analyze, compare, and contrast professional articles in journals, such as GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and IAMURE International Journal of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, and professional journal articles in related fields, such as psychology, social work, anthropology, and communication studies.

4). Analyze, compare, and contrast internet resources and websites.

5). Analyze, compare, and contrast student colleagues’ written work, such as essays, research data collection, research method selection, and/or research findings, with one’s own written work.

Writing Assignments
Writing assignments will be consistent with, but not limited by, the following types and examples:

1). Complete a research paper and/or essay that applies a sociological theoretical perspective to a particular LGBT issue and use either American Psychological Association or American Sociological Association guidelines for formatting and citation.

2). Write essays with prompts based on the student learning outcomes for the course. Example: In an essay, analyze how face-to-face interaction between students and teachers in the classroom impacts the LGBT experience in high school.

3). Write reviews of films, websites, journal articles, and/or other course material. Example: For this critical review paper, choose a film that centers on LGBT youth and connect at least three sociological concepts linked to youth and society to analyze the ambiguity of the social standing of LGBT youth in contemporary society.

4). Compose reflections/journaling pieces to respond to required readings in the course.

5). Write a research paper that includes all of the essential elements of a sociological research paper: Statement of the problem, review of the literature, hypothesis, methods, findings, discussion, conclusion, references.

Outside-of-Class Assignments
Outside-of-class assignments will be consistent with, but not limited by, the following types and examples:

1). Compose reading reflections and responses in preparation for in-class activities and discussions.

2). Write essays connecting sociological theories and concepts to the required readings, films, lectures, in-class discussions, and/or other course content.

3). Participate in course discussions and other forms of engagement online via the course management system.

4). Participate in optional service learning opportunities.

5). Prepare for course assignments, class discussions, and in-class activities by reviewing current events on news websites, conducting library research, reviewing journal articles, and reading textbook/supplemental articles.

Student Learning Outcomes
  1. Determine the connections between historical and contemporary issues of LGBTQIA+ experiences through a sociological perspective.​
  2. Differentiate post-structural theories, such as queer theory from traditional sociological frameworks as modes of analysis.
  3. Analyze the relationship between face-to-face interaction and the operation of social institutions as it pertains to minority sexual identities.​
Methods of Instruction
Instructional methodologies will be consistent with, but not limited by, the following types or examples:

1). Instructor-facilitated class discussions on theories, research, and concepts relevant to the the distinction between sociological perspectives and other perspectives.

2). Instructor-led small group activities that promote active learning and problem solving.

3). Instructor lecture and/or interactive presentations. These include, but are not limited to, short videos, presentation slides, web-based teaching resources, music, and art.

4). Instructor-led small group collaborations for assignments, peer review, and clarification on course material, objectives, and expectations.

5). Instructor statement of objectives, expectations, feedback, and evaluation.

6). For optional service learning, instructor statement of commitment requirements, expectations and evaluation.

Methods of Evaluation
Evaluation methodologies will be consistent with, but not limited by, the following types or examples:

1). Instructor assessment and evaluation of written work (essays, research papers, reflections) for formatting, clarity, structure, content, critical thinking, level of analysis, ability to elaborate, ability to provide unique and specific examples and/or evidence, and connections to the guidelines for the assignment and/or course SLOs.

2). Instructor assessment and evaluation of exams (such as true /false, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, short answer, essay), oral exams, projects, and presentations.

3). Instructor assessment and evaluation of participation in class discussions and small-group work for relevance, evidence-based argumentation, and respectful conduct.

4). Peer evaluation of student colleagues’ assignments.

5). Instructor assessment and evaluation of peer evaluation.

6). For optional service learning, instructor verification that student time requirement is met. Instructor assessment and evaluation of written assignment(s) and connections made between service experience and course content. 

Required Textbooks
Examples of typical textbooks for this course include the following:
  1. Gibson, Michelle A., Jonathan Alexander, and Deborah T. Meem. Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies. 2nd, Sage, 2014. 978-1452235288
Other Required Instructional Materials
Course Repeatability
Total Completions Allowed: 1
Fulfills MiraCosta College Associate Degree Requirements
MiraCosta General Education
Transfer Status: Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
CSU/IGETC GE Area(s): 162 - CSU, UC, CSU GE D1, IGETC 4A
This course is incorporated into the following program(s)
AA Degree *CURRENT* Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Multicultural Studies
AA Degree *CURRENT* Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences
AA Degree *FUTURE* Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Multicultural Studies
AA Degree *FUTURE* Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences
AA-T Degree *FUTURE* Social Justice Studies for Transfer: Gender Studies
AA-T Degree *FUTURE* Social Justice Studies for Transfer: LGBTQ Studies