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Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (AP) – Sexuality Studies

Location: 206 Founders College, 416-650-8144
Program Coordinator: S. Cavanagh, Sociology
Affiliated Faculty: T. Atluri, Sociology/Gender and Women’s Studies; S. Bell, Political Science; D. Brock, Sociology; S. Cavanagh, Sociology; M. Gilbert, Philosophy; T. Goldie, English; J. Greyson, Film; F. Latchford, Gender and Women’s Studies; A. Lunny, Social Science; A. Mitchell, Women’s Studies; N. Mulé, Social Work; D. Murray, Anthropology; Z. Newman, Sociology; N. Nicol, Visual Arts; B. Noble, English/Gender and Women’s Studies; R. Ophir, Administrative Studies; M. Poon, Social Work; C. Sandilands, Environmental Studies; A. Schrauwers, Anthropology; M. Smith, Social Science; M. Stein, HistoryGender and Women’s Studies; P. Wood, Geography

Sexuality studies is a field that examines sexual desires and pleasures, acts and behaviours, identities and subjectivities, communities and cultures, movements and organizing. The field explores artistic, cultural, economic, geographic, historical, literary, political and psychological dimensions of sexuality, while also investigating sexual dimensions of arts, economies, geographies, histories, literatures, politics and psychologies. A central mission of sexuality studies is to examine "intersectionality" - an intersectional approach focuses on existent and emergent intersections of sexuality with ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, health, nationality, race, religion and sexual identity.

The field is concerned in part with the dynamics of sexual hierarchy, resistance and diversity in a variety of Canadian contexts (past and present). It simultaneously works to understand the operations of sexual dynamics in African, Asian and Pacific, Caribbean, North and South American, European and Oceanic contexts (past and present) as well as sexual migrations and diasporas in transcontinental contexts. Committed to examining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, intersexed, heterosexual and heteronormative identities and cultures, the field also studies alternative ways of organizing sexualities and, indeed, alternatives to sexuality, in the past, present and future.

Students may pursue a BA major; Honours Major BA, Honours Major/Minor BA, Honours Double Major BA, Specialized Honours BA, Honours Minor BA, a number of International BA majors or minors, or a Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Sexuality Studies in the Faculties of Glendon and Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. For specific program and certificate requirements, as well as the list of program courses, please consult the relevant Programs of Study section.

Sexuality studies is offered by the Faculties of Glendon and Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.