This course is designed to provide students with an introductory exploration of queer theory and its intersections with leadership development. Students will engage in a multifaceted approach of learning through discussions in the academic seminar integrated with contextual education taking place in the community. By integrating knowledge of and experiences with issues
affecting queer and trans communities, students will explore the importance of challenging dominant leadership paradigms as they develop their own identities as leaders. Students will also explore ways to turn social justice knowledge and conversation into tangible actions and work to create social change at the interpersonal, community, and institutional levels. Course learning will be enhanced through readings, videos/films, reflections, and a final synthesis paper.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the semester, students who critically engage, challenge and apply themselves in the course will be able to:
• raise their critical self-awareness and their social awareness of issues related to diverse sexual & gender identities;
• reflect upon their identity and contextual education experiences and relate those experiences to others’ through discussion & writing;
• gain a conceptual understanding of queer theory and its practical applications
• examine and challenge dominant leadership paradigms and develop their personal leadership identity through a queer framework;
• practice dialogic communication skills (e.g. speaking, listening, suspending judgment, and exploring assumptions) within and across social identities; and
• participate in activities that build positive community through understanding and collaboration within a diverse group.