SDEI 1700: Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life

SDEI 1700: Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life
Course in Social Difference, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Course Description:

It’s no secret that gender and sexuality shape our social realities, even when we don’t explicitly acknowledge their influence. Both can significantly affect where and with whom we build community, how we’re compensated for our time and labor, how we’re represented in popular culture, as well as impacting our lives in many other ways. In this course, we’ll explore some of the ways gender and sexuality operate within diverse social contexts. We’ll dig into examples of gender performances, sexual identities, intersectional experiences, and a spectrum of other concepts that show up in contemporary media, historical case studies, and ongoing research across the arts and sciences. Along the way, this course will help us think deeply about how we express power through everyday applications of gender and sexuality in society. It will also help us grow our capacity for critical reflection through daily practices that affirm who we are and how we care for each other.

Essential questions

To help model pathways for inquiry in this class, the course will revolve around five guiding questions, including:

  • Why is it important to study gender and sexuality in different critical and creative contexts?
  • What ways might we use existing research to explore how gender and sexuality show up within our personal and professional lives?
  • How have gender and sexuality influenced media and popular culture?
  • How can varying social locations and contexts impact the ways we think about identity, community, and communication?
  • Which structural factors can we address to help advance sustainable forms of care and belonging in everyday life while centering gender and sexuality?
Course Credits:
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Term Format:
Accelerated 8-Week Term
2024 Term Offered:
Summer 1 (accelerated): May 28 – Jul 23, 2024

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.


  • Lecturer

Everette Davidove (he/him) has a long history of bringing together theory and practice in his academic work. In 2018, Everette began teaching as a lecturer in gender and sexuality studies at California State University San Bernardino and as an adjunct faculty member in women, gender, and sexuality studies… Read more


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