Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Sexual and Gender Diversity Certificate Program

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Why enrol in the SXGD Certificate?

The Sexual and Gender Diversity Certificate Program offers you the opportunity to think through and engage with your particular scholarly interests – whatever they may be: nursing, art history, law, political studies, religious studies, music, kinesiology, languages – from the vantage point of sexualities, queer studies, and transgender issues. The Certificate Program provides an academic context for you to participate in current discussions surrounding gender, race, and contemporary events and issues. The Certificate Program allows you to explore human difference across a range of sexualities and gender identifications. More now than ever, a certificate in SXGD can provide you with knowledge and skills you can take to careers such as journalism, family planning, mediation, counseling, social work, adult education, arts administration, writing, publishing, politics, social policy, law, medicine, engineering, human rights, or advanced studies in your disciplinary concentration. This Certificate is available to all undergraduate students regardless of their degree concentration.

Requirements for the Sexual and Gender Diversity Certificate:

  • GNDS 215/3.0, Introduction to Sexual and Gender Diversity, either in person or online.
  • 3.0 units from any course in any department that has a major written assignment or two minor written assignments on the intersection of race and sexual and/or gender diversity. This course must be approved by the Coordinator of the Certificate Program.
  • 24.0 units from any courses in any department that have a major written assignment or two minor assignments on the subject of sexual and/or gender diversity. These courses must be approved by the Coordinator of the Certificate Program.

To register for the SXGD Certificate Program please email Kathy Baer (kathy.baer@queensu.ca) with your name, student number and degree plan. Once you have registered, you will begin to receive notices about visiting speakers. At the end of each term you will submit to the SXGD Coordinator short abstracts (3-4 sentences) of the papers you wish to have counted. Be sure to identify the course for which they are written, the weighting of the assignment and include a description of why the paper is relevant to critical sexualities and gender diversity. 

Students must pass all courses relating to the Certificate with an average GPA of at least 1.90, and must have completed their degree program requirements in order to receive the Certificate which will be awarded upon successful completion of a degree program at Queen's University.

2017-18 SXGD Certificate Coordinator: Dr. Jane Tolmie jane.tolmie@queensu.ca

For a meeting, please email: Kathy Baer kathy.baer@queensu.ca

  • GNDS 215/3.0, Introduction to Sexual and Gender Diversity, either in-person or online.
  • 3.0 units from any course in any department that has a major written assignment or two minor written assignments on the intersection of race and sexual and/or gender diversity. This course must be approved by the Coordinator of the Certificate Program.
  • 24.0 units from any course in any department that has a major written assignment or two minor assignments on the subject of sexual and/or gender diversity. These courses must be approved by the Coordinator of the Certificate Program.

Format for submitting abstracts

Name and student number
Title, course number and units (e.g. 3 or 6 units)
Essay title of major assignment and % weighting of essay (or titles of minor assignments adding up to 40% of your grade)
Short abstract (3 or 4 sentences)

A good abstract is key to your success in this Program. Your abstract should not simply address issues such as women’s rights or gay marriage, but should be invested in the exploration of gender difference: e.g. racialization and gendered bodies, the gender spectrum, sexuality studies, transgender studies, queer studies.  The Program is not about feminism, though that can be an element, but about academic study attuned to the diversity and range of gender expression(s).

A reminder: At least one 3.0 course abstract must demonstrate a significant investment in the intersection of race and gender/sexuality.

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Past SXGD Speaker events:

Kai M. Green "Black Women (Transgender and Cis): The Violent "And"   Winter 2017

Nia Levy King, author of "Queer and Trans Artists of Color" Fall 2015

Susan Stryker , SXGD and Dunning Trust Visitor “Transgender Histories and Futurities”  Winter 2015
  
Marc Epprecht “Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa: Five Reasons for Cautious Optimism” Winter 2014
    
Jasbir Puar, SXGD and Robert Sutherland Visitor; “Homonationalism, Sex and Disability: Pinkwashing and Biopolitics in the Middle East. Winter 2013

Viviane K. Namaste,  “Keeping it Real: Critical Social Science Research on Trans’ Peoples’ Everyday Lives  Winter 2012

 

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