Queering the Curriculum: A Critical Approach to Teaching LGBTQ Topics in K-12 Schools


Instructor: Kirsten Helmer

Course Dates: May 28 – July 2, 2014

Class Meeting Times: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 am – 12:45 pm

Credits: 4

Tuition: $1,200

This course considers how we can think ethically, critically, and in socially just ways about disrupting the silence around LGBTQ issues in K-12 schools. Drawing on work from the fields of anti-oppression education, critical pedagogy, and queer theory, we will explore ways to challenge heteronormativity and heterosexism, and to promote gender and sexuality equity within K-12 schools. Through course work and class activities we will examine heterosexism as a system of oppression; the complexities of sex, gender, and sexuality; the institutional aspects of heterosexism in educational contexts; and contemporary issues facing educators who want to implement LGBTQ curriculum.