Archived Versions

SP.406 / WGS.406 Sexual and Gender Identities

As taught in: Fall 2006

Transgender symbol, combining the traditional male and female symbols.

The transgender symbol. (Image by MIT OCW.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Kim Surkan

Course Description

This course introduces scholarly debates about sexual identities, gender identities and expressions, and sexual orientation and its representation in various media. We begin with an investigation of the theoretical underpinnings of the emerging field of queer studies, from the nineteenth century to the present day, and consider how subsequent work in transgender studies continues to challenge traditional understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality.