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Cluster: Sexualities (No longer offered as of fall 2012)

The Sexualities and Women’s Studies cluster are ended and replaced by a single cluster – Gender and Sexualities cluster.  Those previously in these clusters may take the following pathways to complete this new cluster:

  • A student who has Sexualities or Women’s Studies SINQ can meet the cluster course requirements by taking one or more courses from the Gender and Sexualties cluster.

  • A student who has already taken Sexualities or Women’s Studies SINQ, but still needs additional SINQs to meet UNST requirements, may count Gender and Sexualties SINQ as one of their options.

  • A student who has taken previously approved cluster courses listed in Sexuality or Women’s Studies cluster may use those courses to meet the Gender and Sexualties cluster course requirements.

  • A student who has taken previously approved cluster courses listed in Sexualities or Women’s Studies, but still need to take the connected SINQ, may meet the SINQ requirements by taking the Gender and Sexualties SINQ.

  • Other cases will be resolved on a case by case basis.  Students should not be disadvantaged by having to take additional University Studies requirements because of this programmatic change.
  • A student can only count Gender and Sexualities SINQ once to meet the UNST requirements.


Cluster: Sexualities (No longer offered as of fall 2012)

This cluster will explore human sexualities from a variety of disciplinary and topical perspectives. While we tend to speak of sexuality in the singular, it actually encompasses a broad array of behaviors and beliefs which differ quite radically across cultures and time. Bodily sex, reproductive functions, and erotic expressions are all part of what we call "sexuality" and can be viewed from multiple vantage points, for example, historically, cross-culturally, biologically, through literature or the arts. All of the courses begin with the presumption that sexed bodies and expressions of desire are both socially constructed and highly contested. Furthermore, sex and sexuality are interwoven with other social categories, such as gender, race, class, and nationality. This topic will enable a complex exploration of the constitutive work of sexuality in the formation of social institutions and power relations. Finally, this is a theme which lends itself to interdisciplinary education, cutting across the divides between the arts, humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences.

Cluster Coordinator: Ann Mussey
Office: XSB 219
Phone: 503-725-8441

Sophomore Inquiry: Sexualities

(UNST 266)

This course will look at sexuality with its multiple meanings as body, desire, identity, and reproduction from a variety of different perspectives. We will consider sex and sexed body as historical constructions and explore the debates about the role of biology and culture in shaping desires, practices, and identities. We will then look at specific examples in which sexualities are regulated by societies. Finally, we will explore the interweaving of sex, race, class, and nationality.

This SINQ leads to the Sexualities Cluster.

Approved Cluster Courses:

Academic Year 11-12

*Courses listed below are all Approved Cluster Courses.  Please refer to the PSU Class Schedule for courses offered for the term.

CFS 490U Sex and the Family
ENG / WS 372U Topics in Literature, Gender, and Sexuality (Crosslisted with WS 372U)
SOC 344U Gender and Sexualities
PHL 369U Philosophy of Sex and Love
WS 360U Introduction to Queer Studies
WS 370U History of Sexualities
WS / ENG 372U Topics in Literature, Gender, and Sexuality (Crosslisted with ENG 372U)
WS 399U Topics in Sexuality Studies