About this Course
4.7
100 ratings
24 reviews
What is sex? What is gender? What is sexuality? What do we mean by LGBTQIA? How are these concepts related to the workplace? How have our understandings of these terms changed over time, and how have these changes impacted work and culture? To help you answer these important questions, this course will introduce you to the exciting field of gender, sexuality, and women's studies, and to LGBTQIA identities. We will use a range of interdisciplinary concepts, tools, and methods to understand and analyze how identity shapes our experiences in culture and in the workplace. Because we all live with gender expectations, this course is crucial for any profession, and for understanding the world around us. Also, you will learn key concepts that will help you to interpret and understand the world we share....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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3 hours to complete

Changing Landscapes, Identities, and Discourse

This week, we introduce a set of key terms (specifically, LGBTQIA) and explore the significance of these terms in a wider social and political context. This sets the groundwork for the following weeks by providing a shared language to discuss key issues in gender and sexuality studies and by introducing a range of critical issues that are directly related to gender and sexuality. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 43 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Intro to LGBTQIA8m
Sex11m
Gender7m
Sexuality11m
Reading6 readings
Key Terms5m
Intro to LGBT Workplace Issues20m
Understanding Gender Diversity10m
Sexual Orientation10m
Self-assessment10m
Additional Resourcesm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Changing Landscapes, Identities, and Discourse20m

2

Section
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6 hours to complete

The History of Gender and Gender in Theory

This week, we cover a range of topics on gender including the evolution of ideas about gender, the history of gender in the U.S. workplace, and key theories of gender from the 1970s to the present. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 40 min), 7 readings, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Intersectionality7m
Gender and Sex Discrimination8m
LGBTQIA Issues in the Workplace11m
Reading7 readings
Key Terms10m
Doing Gender25m
Gender Stereotyping40m
Gender and Sex Discrimination10m
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission10m
Self-assessment10m
Additional Resources40m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Cyster Systems Case Study 120m

3

Section
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4 hours to complete

The History of Sexuality and Sexuality in Theory

This week, we provide a brief overview of the historical and emerging understanding of sexuality and sexual identity. We then explore the history of sexuality and sexual identity discrimination in the workplace (early days of allowed discrimination against LGB people; larger issue of job insecurity for LGB folks; advent of ENDA, controversies around ENDA –how that has played out to pit LGB people and trans* people against one another)....
Reading
5 videos (Total 46 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
LQBTQIA Identities and Rights8m
LGB at Work8m
Challenges Faced by LGB Individuals in the Workplace10m
Strategies for Making Workplaces More LGB Inclusive5m
Reading7 readings
Key Terms5m
Thinking Sex30m
LGBT Employment Discimination10m
Understanding 21st Century LGBT Workers10m
The Business Impact of LGBT Workplace Policies10m
Self-assessment10m
Additional Resources30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Cyster Systems Case Study 220m

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Section
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4 hours to complete

Trans Topics Today and Trans in Theory

This week, you will learn about the evolution of understanding about transgender people’s lives and identities, exploring the long history of gender transgression across different cultural contexts, and talk about the ways we understand gender transgression to function. We then discuss how those who identify outside the gender binary present important challenges to fixed ways of being/thinking about gender. Finally, we examine the ways that transgender individuals have faced and surmounted oppression in the workplace (also known as genderism, a term coined by Riki Wilchins), and the kinds of laws that are designed to protect their rights....
Reading
6 videos (Total 40 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Global Transgender Identities6m
Genderism6m
Transgender Issues in the Workplace7m
Being a Meaningful Ally to Transgender Individuals at Work6m
Farewell2m
Reading6 readings
Key Terms10m
Trans Issues10m
Trans People Speak10m
Transgender Issues in the Workplace10m
Self-assessment10m
Additional Resources10m
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Top Reviews

By ADJan 26th 2018

Short but a beautifully concise course on understanding gender and sexuality. It also gives one tools to make the workplace an inclusive environment for LGBTQIA, and eradicate discrimination.

By BSFeb 5th 2018

Get to hear about LGBTQIA* community and how they are critical in the workforce. You learn about resources to use in the workforce and ways to make the workforce more diverse and inclusive.

Instructors

Julie Beaulieu

Lecturer
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program

Susan Marine

Guest Lecturer
Assistant Professor and Program Director, School of Education and Social Policy, Merrimack College

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