Sexual Diversity Studies: Programs and Courses

Published: Tuesday 4th November 2014 - Updated: Thursday 22nd March 2018
Summary: List of current university and college graduate programs and courses providing studies in sexual diversity.

Sex is a conversation of bodies and minds, and there are many ways to talk. The ways in which we express sexuality depend on both gender and genitalia. We are each of us special and unique. Diverse.

Sexual Diversity Studies affords students the chance to develop an interdisciplinary focus on how sexuality is understood and represented in cultural, political, legal, social, and religious contexts.

Among these contexts are how we frame and categorize sexual differences;

Sexual Diversity Study Courses:


Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies - La Trobe University - Victoria, Australia

Study the ways identity shapes and is shaped by politics, society, culture, knowledge and power. Explore relationships between gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, disability, age and nation and identity. Develop skills in analysis, critical thinking, writing and interpreting data.


Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies - University College - Toronto, Ontario

The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies offers an undergraduate program, a collaborative graduate program (MA and PhD), hosts academic and community events, and promotes research into sexuality. It is a hub for forging connections among faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and community members interested in questions about how we understand sexual diversity and sexual practices.

Sexual Diversity: Contemporary Social Issues - Humber - Toronto, Ontario

Not so long ago, gay and lesbian people in North America hid their sexuality from their families, their co-workers, and even themselves, out of fear of rejection and fear for personal safety. Now there are 'queer' talk show hosts, politicians, teachers, and musicians who live openly; and, same-sex couples have the legal right to marry in some places. In this course we explore the history of the gay and lesbian movement and its transformations to include contemporary sexual diversity. The course will also deal with a number of social issues related to the queer community such as bullying/shame, marriage, parenting, inequality, and resistance. The principal goal of the course is to promote understanding and acceptance of people living non-heteronormative lives.

McGill University - Montreal, Quebec

The Sexual Diversity Studies Minor ("SDS" or "Sex Div" for short) grew out of an initiative by McGill's Queer Equity Subcommittee and is part of a burgeoning movement across North American campuses. It brings together into a coherent program much of the exciting new work and teaching in the study of sexuality across many disciplines. Fifteen departments or programs in five faculties now provide courses, ranging from "Gender, Deviance and Social Control" in the Department of Sociology, to "Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East" in the Department of History, to "Gender and Sexuality in Hinduism" in the Faculty of Religious Studies, to "Music and Queer Identity" in the Schulich School of Music.

Sexual and Gender Diversity Certificate Program - Queen's University - Kingston, Ontario

The Department of Gender Studies administers a study program leading to a Certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. This option is available to all students regardless of their degree concentration, and is intended for those students who wish to add a critical sexualities and gender diversity component to their degree program(s).


Sexuality and Gender: Diversity and Society - The University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong

Evolving out of the highly successful Sexual & Gender Diversity Broadening Course, Sexuality and Gender: Diversity and Society promises to be one of the most distinctive and challenging courses you will ever take. What is sexual and gender diversity? How does the experience of our own genderedness and sexuality define members of sexual and gender minorities as people, and shape our opinions about those people who do not share our experiences or who do not express their sexuality in the same ways as we do? In this course, which we believe has the potential to be life-changing, we will look at these sorts of questions. And we will do so while learning about (and in many cases meeting and talking with) people whose gender or sexuality places them on the fringes of mainstream society (in some cases beyond it). People who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or asexual. Transgender people and individuals who cross dress, or play with bondage, domination, and sado-masochism, use pornography, and/or are involved in commercial sex activities.


CCA Diversity Studies - California College of the Arts

CCA's Diversity Studies program, chaired by Melinda de Jesús, offers an intensive exploration of cultural diversity in America and in other world cultures that have made an impact on American society. A commitment to social change and social justice informs the program's investigations into the processes and constructions of racial/ethnic, gender/sexual, and socioeconomic inequalities. Diversity Studies seminar and studio courses educate and inform students about the contributions of historically underrepresented, indigenous, immigrant, and forced migratory communities to American arts, history, culture, and society.

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