Course Description

Course Name

Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America

Session: VSJW1120

Hours & Credits

48 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

Overview

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Course name: Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America
Course code: SOCY 3050
Total contact hours: 48 hours


Course Objectives: This course will study the LGBTQ+ community and related social issues in the Latin American Context. Special attention will be given to the Costa Rican case study where sexuality, identity, expression, health, community, family, and other social,
political and lifestyle issues will be discussed. This course offers students one of the only opportunities to study LGBTQ+ Latin American dynamics and issues. It is one of the first of its kind in the region and a pioneering offer for study abroad students in the Costa Rican
setting. This is a young, but growing sociological field of study in Latin America and one that deserves much attention, especially as the Latin American region is home to some of the most homophobic countries in the world and at the same time undergoing radical change in
terms of its acceptance of the complete spectrum of sexuality and identity expression. This course has three main objectives: 1) students will be invited to explore LGBTQ+ Latin American community issues, 2) to appreciate how particular countries are advancing in relation to equality and inclusion before the law while studying the social groups pushing for change, and 3) to critically assess present day contexts that are struggling with recently developed anti-discriminatory frameworks. Students will carry out country reports, surveys, develop research projects and participate in possible field sessions to help them to understand the issues being discussed.


Themes to be explored and critically addressed:

  • Defining LGBTQ+ Identities in the Latin American and Caribbean context.
  • An introduction to the central concerns of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • A history of the LGBTQ+ Latin American movement, its major struggles and successes.
  • Homophobia, machismo, and power relations.
  • The role of the State and anti-discriminatory legal frameworks.
  • Costa Rican LGBTQ+ groups and their work and concerns.
  • LGBTQ+ Latin American public figures, heroes and outstanding individuals.
  • LGBTQ+ sub-cultural tastes, music, meeting places.
  • LGBTQ+ Latin American Literature and the Arts.

ASSESSMENT AND GRADING
Participation 10%
Midterm and Quizzes 15%
Student Seminar (possible group work) 15%
Homeworks/assignments 25%
Final examination 10%
Final paper and presentation 25%
Total 100%
Please also read through the CPI Student Policy Guidelines.
Please Note: If you tend to be late for class, you will lose 25% of your total grade. 2% deduction for tardiness and unjustified absences.
You can only have two total absences in your elective courses HOWEVER, if you miss more than one day of class in a given month, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT for that particular course.
Professors have the right to expel a student from the classroom should he / she:

  •  be improperly dressed
  •  be under the influence of alcohol or even smell like alcohol
  •  Behave in a disrespectful way
  •  Commit plagiarism

You are not permitted to use your cell phones or lap tops in class.

*SAMPLE COURSE CONTENT:

Class content: subject to change Possible reading and in-class tasks and activities Assignments/Homework/Preparation
1) Introduction to the course See portal for Assigned Reading Updates Students invited to share their knowledge and interests.
2) Central course concepts explored. Overview of course themes and context. Students will be given instructions on where to find the readings on the student portal. Students to read the readings in conjunction with the course. STUDENT SEMINAR: You will be assigned a student seminar topic where you will be expected to summarize and present a selected theme.
3) Brief Overview of global LGBTQ+ history and context. Reading: Corrales, Javier (2015) LGBT Rights and Representation in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Influence of Structure, Movements, Institutions, and Culture. READING SUMMARIES: Each week you must summarize one of the assigned articles to be found on the portal and choose a related article of your choice to summarise. This is to be done every second class of the week. Always have something related to the main themes of the week ready to discuss and hand-in.
4) Defining LGBTQ+ Identities in the Latin American and Caribbean context. Part 1. Reading: Encarnación. Omar G. (2011) Latin America Gay Rights Revolution. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) (2012) Supporting and Caring for our Latino LGBT Youth. ASSIGNMENT READING SUMMARIES: Hand in a one-page summary or mind map of the main issues and interesting points in the assigned text and one of your choice.
5) Defining LGBTQ+ Identities in the Latin American and Caribbean context. Part 2. Field Trip: City Tour and in search of LGBTQ+ identity and community and Costa Rican context issues. Reading: Bell, David and Gill Valentine. (1995) "Queer Country: Rural Lesbian and Gay Lives," LGBTQ+ Terminology: http://sja.sdes.ucf.edu/docs/LGBTQTerminology.pdf ASSIGNMENT: Identities: Find and describe as many LGBTQ+++ identities as possible. See if you can find these expressed in the LA and Caribbean context.
6) An introduction to central concerns and struggles facing the LGBTQ+ community: Global and Regional Issues. Presentation of Identities. Reading: Torres, Francis (2014) Challenges to LGBT Rights in Latin America. Brown Political Review March 17. Corrales, Javier (2015) The Politics of LGBT Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean: Research Agendas ASSIGNMENT READING SUMMARIES (continue as described above) Hand-in.
7) An introduction to central concerns and struggles facing the LGBTQ+ community: Costa Rican Concerns. Reading: Costa Rica Introduces Same-Sex Common-Law Marriage Bill. Posted on August 13, 2015 by News Team in News, World News. Homework: Start brainstorming ideas for your research project.
8) A history of the LGBTQ+ Latin American movement. Student Seminar 1: An individual student or a group of students will focus on the seminar topic, find related information, prepare a presentation (must be pdf or power point to share for revision) hand-in the presentation, summary and related bibliography. OJO: Student seminar groups pick their own reading articles and material to summarize and enrich knowledge for the seminar. ASSIGNMENT READING SUMMARIES (continue as described above) Hand-in. Take extra care to find your article of choice on the seminar topic so you are ready to contribute to the discussion.
9) LGBTQ+ Latin American public figures, heroes and outstanding individuals. Heros and testimonies Part 1. Reading: Rosenberg, A. The Brazilian Paradox: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Battle for Human Rights. Hand-in a one page outline of your research project proposal.
10) Homophobia, machismo, power relations, the church in relation to LGBTQ+ families. Student Seminar 2: (see above instructions) Reading: Queiroz, J et al (2013) THE “Ex-Gay” Movement In Latin America. ASSIGNMENT READING SUMMARIES (continue as described above) Hand-in. Take extra care to find your article of choice on the seminar topic so you are ready to contribute to the discussion.
11) LGBTQ+ Latin American and Caribbean Film, Literature and the Arts. Part 1. Film Viewing: Options provided on portal. ASSIGNMENT: Write a one page review of the film. What LGBTQ+ issues in LA did it raise and what did you think?
12) LGBTQ+ Latin American and Caribbean Film, Literature and the Arts. Part 2. Student Seminar 3: (see above instructions) ASSIGNMENT READING SUMMARIES (continue as described above) Hand-in. Take extra care to find your article of choice on the seminar topic so you are ready to contribute to the discussion. Plus: Midterm Evaluation Preparation
13) LGBTQ+ Latin American and Caribbean Film, Literature and the Arts. Part 3. Open Group Activity: Film viewing, book excerpt reading, poem sharing etc, Reading: Pick two of the people from the bibliography section:Latino/LatinaLGBTQ+ Literature or 2 of your own choices, read some of their work and be ready to share the parts that inspire and interest. ASSIGNMENT: Everyone to come with a LGBTQ+ Latin American or Caribbean film excerpt, piece of literature (favourite paragraph), poem, painting...we will pick as many as we can to share. Hand-in required. Plus: Midterm Evaluation Preparation
14) Midterm Evaluation  Mid-Term Evaluation Midterm: You will be examined on the information shared in the main reading texts, student seminar material, and class presentations/lectures. No Reading summaries need for this week.
15) Costa Rican LGBTQ+ groups and their work and concerns. Part 1 - LGBTQ+ Group Visit. Field-Trip: To visit a LGBTQ+ Costa Rican group or invite one of its members to come and share experiences. ASSIGNMENT: Everyone to come to class with ten questions to ask during the fieldtrip.
16) Costa Rican LGBTQ+ groups and their work and concerns. Part 2. Student Seminar 4: (see above instructions) ASSIGNMENT READING SUMMARIES (continue as described above) Hand-in. Take extra care to find your article of choice on the seminar topic so you are ready to contribute to the discussion.
17) The role of the State and anti-discriminatory legal frameworks: Advances and Obstacles. Changing the law and changing minds? Reading: How Two Grad Students Uncovered An Apparent Fraud And A Way To Change Opinions On Transgender Rights Reading: Equality Maps: https://www.wisconsin.edu/lgbtqresources/equality-maps/  
18) Heroes Lost and Found - Part 2: Student's Heroes. Presentations: Present your heroes. ASSIGNMENT: Find your own LGBTQ+ community heroes and come to class prepared to share them and discuss how they helped, inspired, advanced... A one page hand-in. No reading summaries needed for this week.
19) LGBTQ+ sub-cultural tastes, music, meeting places. Reading: Students to find related information to illustrate tastes, music, meeting places etc... ASSIGNMENT: Focus on your end of term paper and presentation preparation.
20) Final conclusions and future outlooks.... Reading: Devor, Aaron H. The Transgender Archives Foundations for the Future. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada: University of Victoria Libraries, 2014. OJO: This is the last week of reading summaries.
21) Research Session or pay back session.    
22) Final Research Project Presentations See study guide on portal  
23) Final Research Project Presentations See study guide on portal  
24) Final Evaluations See study guide on portal  

 

*Course content subject to change