Sexualities, Genders and Bodies | College of Arts

Sexualities, Genders and Bodies

The Graduate Collaborative Specialization in Sexualities, Genders and Bodies (SGB) examines advanced concepts relating to human identity, embodiment, and self-expression. Students explore theories drawn from the fields of feminism, decolonialism, postcolonialism, LGBTQ+, race/whiteness, queer-of-colour, indigeneity, masculinities, and disability/crip studies among many others. Students engage with these topics from interdisciplinary perspectives and apply these concepts, theories, and methodologies to research in their home discipline.

Exploring sexualities, genders and bodies teaches us information vital for understanding the human experience.

Students will graduate with:

  • An understanding of the complexities and importance of recent societal shifts and movements
  • An understanding of equitable and inclusive practices in both research and business
  • Heightened awareness of matters relating to social and human identity

The Collaborative Specialization will provide students with meaningful experiences and perspectives that can be applied to their primary area of study and help them to succeed in their desired field.

Program Requirements:

To complete the Collaborative Specialisation in Sexualities, Genders, and Bodies, students must do the following:

1. Complete the two foundational seminars in SXGN 6000, Somatic Entanglements: Methods and Issues; and SXGN 6100, Theorising Sexualities, Genders, and Bodies

2. If completing a major research paper, thesis, or dissertation, their project must place a substantial emphasis on content from within the field of Sexualities, Genders, and Bodies. To have this project approved, the student must do the following:

  • Submit a proposal of the project + an annotated bibliography of 10-15 core sources for approval by the SGB Graduate Curriculum Committee
  • One member of their committee must be an affiliated member of the SGB program
  • The thesis or dissertation must be successfully defended. This component will be assessed by the committee member affiliated with the SGB program.

3. If their program is course-based, at least 30% of their course requirements must address subject matter related to Sexualities, Genders, and Bodies

  • A proposal of their course selections must be approved by the SGB Graduate Curriculum Committee.
  • These courses must be completed successfully.

Participating Programs:

  • Art History and Visual Culture (MA)
  • European Studies (MA)
  • French (MA)
  • History (MA, PhD)
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies (MA)
  • Philosophy (MA, PhD)
  • Family Relations and Applied Nutrition (MSc, PhD)
  • Psychology (MA, PhD in Applied Social Psychology field only)
  • Social Practice and Transformational Change (PhD)