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Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...
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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
14 minutes to complete

Welcome!

In the last decade transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) individuals have become increasingly visible in our families and culture. This course explores the concept of gender identity for people who are interested in the nature of gender, the process of gender affirmation, or changing social dynamics. Participants will learn the unique challenges faced by individuals within the TGNC population as well as develop the skills to build inclusive spaces in all spheres of their life. Each module will contain original video content, readings, and other multimedia to enhance the learning experience. Throughout the course, participants will be asked to demonstrate your knowledge via short multiple choice quizzes and/or discussion sections that challenge you to reflect on your learning experiences. This course was developed under the Joycelyn Elders Chair in Sexual Health Education at the University of Minnesota. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 4 min), 1 reading
Reading1 reading
Pre-Assessment10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Introduction to Gender Identity

Gender identity is a wide spectrum beyond the binary of male and female. Each and every one of us has a gender identity innate to our experience as humans. While gender is all around us, much remains unknown about the development of gender identity. This module introduces the basics of gender and explores how gender affects our daily lives. ...
Reading
11 videos (Total 53 min), 18 readings, 3 quizzes
Video11 videos
Gender Identity - Dr. Katie Spencer4m
Gender Queer - Dr. G. Zachariah White9m
Pronouns - Nova Bradford1m
Importance of Language - Dr. G. Zachariah White1m
Evolution's Rainbow - Dr. Joan Roughgarden11m
"Should research focus on the genetic basis of transgender identities?" - Dr. Brian Rood2m
Introduction to Dysphoria and Mental Health - Nova Bradford2m
Gender Dysphoria - Dr. Katie Spencer6m
History of TGNC People and Mental Illness - Cei Lambert5m
Working with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Populations - Dr. G. Zachariah White8m
Reading18 readings
Gender and Sexuality5m
The Language of Gender10m
Additional Resourcesm
An Introduction to Transgender People3m
Understanding Transgender People5m
Understanding the Transgender Community5m
Understanding Non-Binary People5m
Gender Pronouns2m
Why Pronouns Matter for Trans People3m
Questionable Questions10m
Pronoun Game5m
Additional Resourcesm
Nature and sex redefined – we have never been binary10m
Between the (Gender) Lines20m
Additional Resourcesm
American Psychological Association5m
Probing the Complexities of Transgender Mental Health10m
Additional Resourcesm
Quiz3 practice exercises
Terminology and Language8m
Science of Gender4m
Science of Gender and Mental Health4m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Digital Stories

A collection of first-person narratives exploring the ups and downs of daily life as a transgender or gender nonconforming (TGNC) individual from several points of view. ...
Reading
14 videos (Total 120 min), 3 readings
Video14 videos
This is Ben12m
This is Leonardo3m
This is Paula13m
This is Maya7m
This is Samwise13m
This is CeCe12m
This is Anne6m
Our Story as Parents - Chris and Sarah15m
Parenting, Family and Divorce - Paula Overby9m
This is our family - Ben and Katrina-Marie9m
Losing Friends and Keeping Friends - Chris, Sarah and Maya7m
Dating before Transition - Maya5m
My Spouse - Ben2m
Reading3 readings
Transgender Oral History Project20m
Additional Resourcesm
Parenting Non-Binary Kids10m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Understanding the Process of Gender Affirmation

Developing a healthy gender is a lifelong process. For individuals that identify as transgender or gender nonconforming, the process of gender affirmation can take many forms as they age from children to older adults....
Reading
8 videos (Total 35 min), 10 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Gender Creative or Expansive Children - Dr. Dianne Berg6m
Informed Consent and Adolescents - Dr. Dianne Berg3m
Gender Affirming Medical Care for Youth - Dr. Eric Meininger13m
Gender Dysphoria and Gender Affirmation - Dr. Brian Rood2m
Medical Transition - Cei Lambert4m
Aging and Transgender Populations - Phil Duran1m
Coming out to Family - Ben1m
Reading10 readings
Supporting Gender Independent Children and Their Families15m
The K-12 Binary10m
Additional Resources (Children)m
Additional Resources (Youth)m
Here’s What Trans People Who Aren’t Medically Transitioning Want You To Know10m
Truth and Transgender at 7010m
The Challenge of Being Transgender in a Nursing Home10m
Additional Resourcesm
The Why, When, and How of Coming Out5m
Coming Out Again, 10 Years Later10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Gender Affirmation: Children and Youth6m
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Top Reviews

By RCSep 4th 2017

This course was amazingly informative. I have learned many new thoughts and ideologies. This new understanding will help me to help my students feel a sense of belonging, inclusion and understanding.

By AAFeb 12th 2018

An amazing course rich with narratives and lots of readings/ videos/ resources. This has been a great learning experience for me. Thank you to everyone who was a part of teaching this course :)

Instructors

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Rebecca Graetz, EdD

Instructor
University of Minnesota - Program in Human Sexuality

About University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations....

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