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Instructor Info:Stephen Dillon
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 107
Description:

This course takes a transnational approach to the study of race and sexuality by exploring the centrality of the modern nation-state to our conceptions of identity, subjectivity, race, sexuality, and gender. To that end, the course focuses on transnational and postcolonial work in queer studies, feminist studies, and the history of sexuality. Because the course takes a global approach to the study of race and sexuality, students will work to make connections across time and space in class discussions, research projects, and the course blog. Topics will include: Migration and immigration; slavery; colonialism and imperialism; science and biology; citizenship and belonging.

Evaluation Criteria:

Reading Assignments: You must mark up hard copies of the readings and bring them to class. All readings will be available on the course website; please download and print the readings and bring them to class. Laptop use (as well as cell/smart phone use) is not permitted in class (unless required for your learning); it’s distracting to me and other students.

The only book you need to purchase is Jasbir Puar’s, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times.  It is widely available used online. You should be able to get it for between $12-$20. Order it right away.

Evaluation Criteria

Attendance

My attendance policy is as follows: I do not distinguish between excused and unexcused absences. You are permitted three absences throughout the semester. If you miss more than three classes, you will not receive an evaluation. You are also expected to be on time to class, which means 9:00 sharp. If you are late twice, I count that as one absence. In addition, if you are absent, you are responsible for contacting a classmate to find out what you missed.   

Late work

I do not accept late work or give extensions (except in the case of major family/medical emergencies). I do give you one 48-hour extension that you may use for any assignment except the final assignment. You must let me know before the assignment is due that you will be using your one-time extension. Use this extension wisely.

Incompletes

I only give incompletes in extreme circumstances. Do not plan on receiving one. 

Assignments

You must complete all assignments. If you do not, you will not receive an evaluation. All assignments are due by 9:00 am.  You will submit all assignments on our course Moodle. The assignments are as follows:

* Confusion Journal: Over the course of the semester, you will write 2 “confusion journals” on a passage from a course reading. These are 1-2 page documents. We will discuss this assignment the first day of class.  

* Reading Responses: Over the course of the semester, you will write 5 critical reflections on the readings. These are 1-2 page documents.  We will discuss this assignment the first day of class.

* Critical Analysis: Over the course of the semester, you will write three short 5-page papers that draw on course readings and discussion to analyze an object of your choice (TV show, film, event, personal experience, art, current event, etc.).

* Final Paper: For the final paper, you will revise and expand one of your Critical Analysis papers into a 12-page paper.