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The University of British Columbia

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
    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...
  • 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...
  • The course was amazing and the classes were simple and right to the point. Some of them were videos of activist and other personalities speech. This class was inspiring and motivational
  • 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....
  • 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,...
  • Anonymous
    Nice introduction to the subject, although the course presumes all students are liberal and enlightened, which is not true. Could use some more basic explanations and definitions at the beginning of the course (For example is a trans woman partnered...
  • 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.

    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...
  • Anonymous
    Informative, interesting, and useful. Starts with an overview and defines lots of terms that are new to some of us, then proceeds through units on history, pop culture, health, law and enacting social change. Makes you stop and think, and gives you the tools and perspectives to see many parts of society in a new light regarding sex and gender minority issues. Two written assignments push you to think in practical terms about how real change can be enacted. Highly recommended. Thank you, Janice and the edx team!
  • Anonymous
    This course really helped me to understand the significance of intersectionality and the various layers of issues underlying gender and sexuality. This helped me gain insight into the challenges of the existing systems and how it proves debilitative for individuals who cannot conform to the myopic views regarding gender and sexuality.
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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...
  • Phathisani Sibanda
    The course was very interesting and eye opening and I hope you develop more to include deeper issues on social justice and human rights. Also I had to go on google to search some of the guest speakers and see their works around their respective work , believe you me its been amazing, Keep up the good work team UBC!!!!!
  • Anonymous
    This course was very eye-opening and encouraged a lot of self-reflection. I enjoyed watching guest lecturers and Janice was very informative when summarising the topics. I only wish I had heard about this course when it was active so I could have participated more and engaged with others in online discussions.
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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
    This course expands on knowledge that helps make peoples lives, work spaces, and community safer for everyone. Content is thought-provoking for those who have not questioned what inclusive, diverse, safe spaces means to all. I highly recommend this course.
  • 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! :)
  • Anonymous
    This was an incredible resource to start the journey towards allyship. This course has changed how I move through this world, and was a wonderful introduction to the compassionate world of gender studies.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.

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