PSY2408 – LGBTQI+ Awareness

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Course content

This course is designed as an introductory program to inform the psychologists who (will) work with LGBTQI+ individuals about the core concepts related to sexual (affectional) orientation and gender identity, the interview principles, contemporary approaches and to  question homonegative approaches and practices. 

This course examines contemporary theorizing and empirical research in psychological science related to the lives and experiences of intersex, queer, transgender, lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals, couples, families, and communities. We will be discussing topics such as: coming out, heteronormativity, heterosexism, anti-LGBTQI+ stigma, dynamics of same-sex attraction & relationships, transgender issues, intersectionality, LGBTQI+ mental health, and LGBTQI+ wellbeing, in global contexts.

Learning outcome

The course will provide an overview of important research and theories in the field of lgbtq+ studies in psychology.

Knowledge

You should be able to:

  • Describe LGBTQI+ terminology.
  • Learn history of the “gay rights” movement.
  • Clarify the difference between gender identity, gender expression and sexual (affectional) orientation.
  • Learn history of the intersectionality and queer theory.

Skills

You should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of sexual (affectional) orientations and gender identities.
  • Think critically about the regulation of gender and sexuality within psychology.
  • Think critically about issues of gender, sexuality and intersectionality.
  • Compare and contrast essentialist and constructivist conceptions of gender.

General Competence

You should be able to:

  • Demonstrate awareness of how our understanding of the sexual (affectional) orientations and gender identities vary across time and cultures.
  • Develop awareness, and knowledge in working with LGBTQI+ communities.
  • Develop awareness to be “good ally”.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

If there are more applicants than available places, the students
that has this course as an obligatory course in their education plan will be preferred. Read more here (only in Norwegian)

Teaching

The course will be taught trough seminars. The seminars are obligatory and students must attend a minimum of 75% of all classes as a prerequisite for submitting the final exam. This means that the students can only be absent 3 days in this course.However, the teaching is based on full participation

Compulsory tuition activities are valid for the 2 next semesters after approval date.

More information about obligatory activities .

Information regarding change of seminar group

Absence from compulsory tuition activities

If you are ill or have another valid reason for being absent from compulsory tuition activities, your absence may be approved or the compulsory activity may be postponed.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Examination

For all elective subjects, a minimum of 75% of all classes must be attended as a prerequisite for submitting the final exam. This means that the students can only be absent 3 days in this course.However, the teaching is based on full participation.

Final Essay (10-12 pages for 1 student, 2 students max 15 pages and 3 students max 18 pages)

The exam paper can be written in groups of maximum 3 students. Written take-home assignment, optional subject. The subject of the assignment is agreed between the student and the teacher.  Students must explore this topic through a research project and theoretical investigation. This investigation should involve online ethnography, survey, interviews, and a review of literature beyond assigned class readings. Tables, graphs, and figures should be included, showing the results of your investigation.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English. Submission should only be given in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

You can ask for an explanation of your grade in this course.

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Bachelor

Teaching

Every spring

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

English