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CLS 72 W — Exploring Queer Identities

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jul 5—Aug 12
Refund Deadline: Jul 8
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $390
Instructor(s): Hannah Yanow
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jul 5—Aug 12
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 8
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Hannah Yanow
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
The word queer is thrown around a lot these days, and it is important to know its historical context and linguistic flexibility. This course will help to explain the LGBTQIA2+ acronym, sexual identity versus gender pronouns, societal implications, and how the language around the LGBTQIA2+ community has developed (and continues to develop) over time. We will look at the historical significance of the queer community in the United States, as well as what it looks like to identify as queer in America today. We will also explore how to support your loved ones, coworkers, and acquaintances through gender confirmation transitions, identifying pronouns, and coming out of the closet.

Based in queer theory and critical pedagogy, this course will question cultural norms, criticize both overt and covert societal expectations and assumptions around sexual and gender identities, and consider how we can move forward after the conclusion of the course.

The course will offer a space of belonging and safety to engage in conversation around queer identities and give students the opportunity to reflect on their conceptualization and understanding of the queer community. By the end of the course, students will have a strong vocabulary and toolkit to better understand and support the queer community, as well as resources to continue this learning journey.

Online Learning Manager and Department Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Liaison, Executive Education Program, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Hannah Yanow has taught undergraduate psychology at Notre Dame de Namur University, including the courses “Psychology and Harry Potter” and “Queer Identities.” In 2021, Yanow presented their doctoral dissertation at the Harry Potter Academic Conference. Yanow received an EdD from the University of San Francisco.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.