Carnegie Mellon University

Contextual Thinking: Gender and Sexuality in the Spanish-speaking world

Course Number: 82-281A

Taught in English. Fulfills Contextual Thinking Gen Ed requirement

Section A: Gender and Sexuality in the Spanish-speaking world

In recent years, issues of gender and sexuality in the Spanish-speaking world have garnered much international attention - for example the #niunamenos movement throughout Latin America, recent protests over restrictive abortion laws in the Dominican Republic, the rise of transgender rights movements in the Americas and Europe, femicide on the US-Mexico border and throughout the Northern Triangle of Central America. While these are more recent manifestations, gender and sexuality have always played a critical role in an understanding of the Spanish-speaking world. In this course, we will explore how gender, understood as a social construct, and sexuality are inextricably linked to economic and political structures, and importantly, how gender and sexuality intersect with race and class in the very diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. The course is conducted in English but students with knowledge of Spanish will have an opportunity to use their language skills.

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Units: 9
Prerequisite(s): None