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Gender and Sexuality: Applications in Society

The University of British Columbia via edX


Navigating through the complexities of Gender & Sexuality is a necessity in our world, now more than ever. Engage with globally renowned scholars from top Canadian universities to learn concepts and practices that advance respect and human rights. This course will teach you to better understand and apply knowledge about gender and sexuality -- a critical first step in addressing social, economic and cultural inequalities.

This intersectional approach to Gender & Sexuality Studies will cover key topics in the fields of literature, language, geography, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, cinema and media studies, law and medicine. Some questions we will address include:

  • What is gender and sexuality?
  • What does this mean in different contexts?
  • How do we think critically and creatively about identity, communication, and community?
  • How are gender and sexuality organized in media and popular culture?
  • How do people, young and old, negotiate knowledge about gender and sexuality?

This course is for anyone who wants to build their own cultural competence and the capacity of those around them to understand gender and sexuality and the intersections of these core facets of culture and nature, with other differences, like race, age or disability.

Taught by

Dr. Janice Stewart

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Some of the course content was offensive and excluded those who may be trying to understand but aren't as left leaning as others and this is coming from a fairly liberal person. There was a couple comments made that insinuated that all heterosexual relationships...
  • Anonymous
    My name is FARAJA AMRI Gentil, from Goma/DR Congo, Central Africa. It was a great pleasure to have embarked in this course where I have learned a lot about Gender, Sexuality and more importantly the Intersectionality and how this latter brings gender...
  • Daung Teza

    Daung Teza completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is one of the best courses that I have ever taken. The course lasts 6 weeks, looking at gender and sexuality from an intersectional lens, and exploring it through different dimensions such as historical narratives, representation in pop culture,...
  • Sari Nicole Kwan completed this course.

    The array of topics covered was super interesting and I definitely learned a ton. What was challenging for me was the fact that it was very video/interview-heavy, and as a visual learner, it was difficult to follow along with the discussions many times....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course has been very interesting. It is a good introduction to the topics of sex, gender and sexuality and how they are applied in society. The only thing I missed was more references of academic origin. While I understand that the course aims are...
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    Gay Socrates

    Gay Socrates completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Great course- gave me some really helpful insights into how best to apply pressure for social justice in a complex world stacked against the whole range of minority groups- especially those at their intersections. Nicely engaging and entertaining whilst...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is very-well structured. I thought I already knew a lot about the topic, but no! The course covered things that I may have actually overlooked. I also like Janice's no-nonsense approach, as well as the clarity in how she delivers her lectures. The guest speakers are also experts in the topics that they were assigned to discuss. At first I never thought I'd finish the course because of demanding schedule, but it was so interesting and an excellent learning experience. I wish to teach again at a university, and I know that the things that I have learned in this course are very valuable as I share them to the academe – admin, faculty and students. Thank you so much, Janice and company. Keep it up! :)
  • Renee Milaney

    Renee Milaney completed this course.

    The course was fantastic, well structured and easily accessible. Unfortunately I thought I was able to submit the final assignment before February 20 but alas it was February 14 at 9am, I missed my moment by a few hours.
    My progress shows that I have a 68% which will still allow my a certificate but feels a little unsatisfactory to have such a modest grade.
    Alas, it will not stop me from taking another class, I will be more conscious of the timeline and I hope edX can maybe make the timeline a bit more clear as to avoid this same situation for others.
    Regardless, I really appreciate the opportunity to participate.
    Thank you and looking forward to my certificate.
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    Lola Jiang

    Lola Jiang completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This course is so well designed.
    + Breaks down to manageable chunks and introduce you helpful concepts.
    + Rich interviews with both researchers and practitioners
    + Curated additional resources to further your learning
    + Learner-friendly journey from concepts to applications
    + Wide range of topics from pop culture, healthcare, law to workplaces.
    + It makes you think critically and helps you to reflect.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed this course as it gave me the opportunity to not only listen to but consider/contemplate perspectives outside of my own as well as learn about some of the positive structural changes taking place in companies + organizations that are...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I prefer formal video presentations rather than video speeches and interviews. Besides, I was confused and could not find the exact words in the course materials (transcripts) to answer the multiple choice.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    good class, introductory info. probably more useful for older generations who are not the driving force of the gender revolution. instructor was knowledgeable and wise. not too much coursework.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    All teachers, healthcare workers(doctors, nurses, dentists, receptionists, etc),public workers need to take this! to make the world a better place!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was great. I am familiar with the concepts in the course but it was great to see the differences and similarities from geographies.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was an incredibly well thought out course that went deep and wide. An amazing accomplishment considering the range of topics and the short time to cover them. The range and quality of the guest speakers was unlike anything that I have seen in class...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have been in school for the last 22 years of my life, and as a human being in a human society, this is the most important course/subject I've ever studied. Dr. Janice Stewart came across as such a gentle, wise and understanding personality throughout...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was a great course, with lots of resources and interesting things to learn! It gave a nice wide-opened reflection on how gender, sex and sexuality influences people's lives and practices and of course, societies and governments at a more extended level....
  • Carole Gray

    Carole Gray completed this course.

    This course has be very interesting, engaging and inspiring! Joining with people from all over the world has been exciting, hearing what is happening in their communities, joining in on discussions has been so useful in the overall learning journey this MOOC takes us on. The speakers are all so interesting to listen to, and Dr Janet Stewart is an engaging Course Instructor. The MOOC is easy to follow, and I found it simple to go back and forth to review what we had already completed. The course has been developed with ease of use in mind. I moved from my computer to my iPhone and iPad at different times allowing me to access the course wherever and when ever I had time to. I highly recommend this course, you won’t be dissapointed.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is a fantastic course and I truly believe that ideally everyone, everywhere should take it at some point in their lives! It is such an eye opener in the way it makes clear the extent to which gender and sexuality are intertwined in society on so many different levels but also provides ways of seeing how individuals can support each other and create a more inclusive society moving forward. The way the course has been put together is really outstanding, with videos that are to the point and rich in content and never feel too long or boring. Even the assignments are brilliant in that they have been thought out so that they can be transferred to the real world to start initiating change!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is my first course through edX or through UBC. I didn’t know what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed the class. I came in knowing very little about the subject. I feel I have a very good base level knowledge of issues to do with sex and gender now. I was pleasantly surprised by how thoughtful and interesting the discussions were with others also taking the class. I loved learning about other people’s experiences all over the world. I would definitely recommend this same class and professor. For me the time needed to complete assignments and reading was a few hours a week which could be broken up. The format of the class worked well for me.

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