New Introduction to Queer Studies Course at Bucks


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Parker DeStefano

As the fall semester comes to a close, many Bucks students have a lot on their minds. Final grades, overdue assignments, and of course, what classes to schedule for next semester.

Look no further! A new class is being introduced at Bucks this upcoming the Spring Semester, titled “Introduction to Queer Studies”, SOCI143, worth three credits.

The diverse opportunity will be hybrid course involving both in class and online components. The class, which has no prerequisites, will meet Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Newtown campus.

In this informative course, students will explore historical and contemporary ways that gender and sexuality have been regulated by cultural norms and social institutions. Students will have the opportunity to examine how homophobia and transphobia are inextricably linked to racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression.

After the devasting mass shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub, many hope to fight the misinformation that often leads to violence against the community, and instead create a positive and safe environment for LGBTQ+ individuals.

The in-class portion of the class is going to be a discussion-based, student led conversation, which will give students the ability to discuss the LGBTQ+ community and its impact.

According to Professor Max Probst, the professor for SOCI143, “course materials will be Open Education Resources with original works by Queer theorists, historical readings on the LGBTQ rights movements and autobiographical works by Queer writers from the 19th century to current day.”

The course will also be a great transfer as a general elective or required course for those wishing to major or minor in Gender Studies or Queer Studies at universities or institutions that offer those majors.

If students are interested in enrolling this Spring, they can talk to their advisor or contact Professor Probst at [email protected].