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Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SC 210D)

Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (SC210) explores a wide range of questions, including: How do art and social media shape acceptable ways to express our gender and sexuality? How do gender and sexuality exist as elements of both the structure of society and individual identities? How are our expressions of gender and sexuality tied to our biology and to economics, educational systems, and political ideology? How do individuals and groups resist patriarchal inequality and to what effect?

Students often assume that gender courses are about women and sexuality courses are about individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. This is not surprising, given that academic attention to these subjects has emerged from women’s studies and investigations by LGBTQ+ academics. However, gender and sexuality impact all individuals. This course is designed examine the construction of the self and other. It highlights the issues of gender as they relate to men, women (cis and trans), and nonbinary folks, and sexuality in relation to straight, LGBTQ+, and asexual folks. Likewise, it is designed to encourage students to consider the taken for granted nature of whiteness, middle class status, heterosexuality, and ability.

The course offers opportunities to reflect on and critically analyze your life experience through daily discussion, writing, and group projects. SC210 is the gateway to the Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor and provides a conceptual vocabulary for other minor courses and many professions and graduate programs. It is a toolkit course for anyone going into serving professions: medicine, law, social work, education, etc.

Faculty biography

Dr. Amanda Konradi Professor of sociology, directs the Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor. She currently teaches research methods, self and society, gender and justice, and the sociology capstone course. The focus of her current research is the physical and mental/emotional quality of life of individuals affected by two rare bone diseases. Dr. Konradi has also studied the involvement of rape survivors in the criminal prosecution of their assailants and has written about their reporting decisions, self-preparation for court events, emotion work, engagement with sentencing, involvement in plea bargains, and testimony. She has further studied campus judicial processes.

Philosophical Perspectives: Gender and Nature (PL 232)

This course examines the concept of nature with particular attention to how ideas about hierarchy, gender, and violence have affected our relationship to the natural world. We will particularly focus on the links of oppression between humans and nature, and humans and animals. Some of the issues we will discuss include gender and animals; gender and race aspects of environmentalism in popular culture; women and climate change; women and environmental disasters; gender and urban environment; and global economy, nature, and gender.

Faculty biography

Dr. Selin Gursozlu grew up in Istanbul and received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from State University of New York at Binghamton. She held a three year post-doctoral teaching position at Villanova University before coming to Loyola in 2014. Her main areas of philosophical interest are Ethics, Feminist Philosophy, and Social and Political Philosophy.

Mentor biography

Nolan Theodore currently serves as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct at Loyola University Maryland. In this role, Nolan's primary responsibilities include investigating and adjudicating reports of Community Standards violations, facilitating Loyola's Peer Conduct Board, and supporting off-campus students. Nolan holds a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies from Stony Brook University (2014) and an Ed.M. in Higher Education Administration from University at Buffalo (2016).


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SC 210D satisfies the diversity requirement for all students.  Students who have an interest in the gender and sexuality studies minor may find this course pairing interesting. Students will be enrolled in PL 201, the prerequisite for PL232, in the fall semester.  Those two classes satisfy the Philosophy core requirements.  Students who enroll in PL 232 will take their Ethics core requirement in the Theology department.  
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