Race and Sexuality

3500-107:
Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Johnson
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1520
End: 1635
Field Work: Day 1 - Dublin - Thursday, 10 July | Ireland
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

Race and Sexuality  is an advanced undergraduate seminar that explores race and gender in the media concomitantly. Historically within the fields of Ethnic Studies and Women’s and Gender studies, issues pertaining to gender, sexuality, and race are generally looked at separately. Instead of extracting issues of gender and sexuality, this course positions them alongside race and other systems of power by critically examining intersectional identity. Intersectionality scholarship illuminates the ways in which gender, sexuality, and race intersect. In this course, our goals are to (1) understand these intersections, (2) learn about how they create difference and inequity, and (3) investigate the ways in which they are constructed through media, communication, performance, and everyday ways of living.

Field Work

Country: Ireland
Day: 1 - Dublin - Thursday, 10 July

Our goals for this field lab are to interrogate everyday intersections of race, nationality, gender and sexuality in various spaces (mediated and live). Students will engage in self-reflexivity exercises to discover the way language impedes our understandings of sexuality, and how media and everyday storytelling help us re-imagine sexuality. In the morning, students will depart the ship and head to the Front Lounge, which is a gay restaurant and bar located next to Gay Community News, a magazine dedicated to social justice and community issues centered on sexuality. Here, students will watch promotional videos about sexuality including “What if Gay and Straight were Switched?,” and "What Christians really think about Homosexuality," and engage in a discussion.  Following lunch, we will walk to the News Station to take a tour of the facility. We will talk to media officials about sexuality in Dublin and other countries, and what it is like to stand up for social justice. Students will have a chance to learn the inner workings of mediated sexuality, and what it is like to host a space for talking about sexuality and activism. Following Gay Community News, we will visit Gay Men’s Health Services to discuss media campaign regarding health, sexuality, and race. Students will engage in a volunteer experience, and learn the importance of critical listening and self-disclosure when it comes to matters of sexuality. Students will witness first person what it is like to deal with several health issues. Together, both places will afford students an opportunity to understand their roles as listeners and critical viewers in a sexualized and racialized world.   Academic Objectives: 1. To interrogate everyday intersections of race, nationality, gender and sexuality in various spaces (mediated and live) 2. Engage in self-reflexivity exercises to discover the way language impedes our understandings of sexuality