U. introduces transgender studies class
New course brings different perspective on issue of gender, instructor Aren Aizura says
Posted: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:00 am
By Skylar Frederick / Staff Writerhttp://www.dailytargum.com/news/u-introduces-transgender-studies-class/article_0b4ad536-fd54-11e1-8148-0019bb30f31a.html
The University Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is offering a new course this fall that aims to give students an in depth look at what it means to be transgender.
“Introduction to Transgender Studies” is the first course offered at the University that solely discusses transgender topics, which relate to people whose assigned sex does not correspond with their gender identity.
Course instructor Aren Aizura aims to increase awareness and challenge the norm that everyone has a biological gender identity.
Instead of only focusing on the archetypes of “male” and “female,” transgender studies brings a different perspective on the issue of gender, said Aizura, a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
The field of transgender studies, which can be traced back to the 1990s, focuses on issues of identity, social practices and the political influences of transgender people, he said.