What is the role of gender and sexuality in identity formation? How has historical climate affected the identity expression of LGBTQ Americans? This course opens with an exploration of gender and sexual identity through a variety of themes, such as heteronormativity, feminism and intersectionality. The course then surveys significant aspects of LGBTQ history, focusing on the changing nature of identities over time, including efforts to expand and restrict identities in cultural, religious, and political forms. With this historical foundation, students work individually and collaboratively on research initiatives in the second quarter, in topics of their choosing, such as gay marriage, transgender identity, reproductive rights, workplace discrimination, HIV/AIDS, heteronormativity, etc. This course offers students the opportunity to both develop cultural competency around gender and sexual identity, and explore their own interests on a wide range of related topics. Students wishing to pursue a research or design project in gender or identity during Semester II may enroll in the Research/Design Seminar.
For students continuing into Semester II, the course shifts into personalized, project-based work, where students engage in deep, sustained inquiry, authentic and iterative research, critical analysis, and rigorous reflection, revision, and assessment as they journey through a self-designed, long-term research or design project on the topic of their choosing. Guided by their One Schoolhouse teacher, students pursue individual study/self-assessment or collaborative seminar/peer-review. Pathway options from which students might choose include:
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
MEET A TEACHER FOR THIS COURSE
Examples of signature activities and projects for this course are:
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SECOND SEMESTER?
One Schoolhouse is proud to expanded our semester course offerings! These nine courses give students the opportunity to enroll in a project-based second semester research or design seminar. Just like our full-year courses, fall semester courses and the optional second semester seminars are created and taught by dedicated, experienced teachers in the field. The spring seminars give students the opportunity to engage in a self-designed, long-term project on the topic of their choosing. Check out the video below to hear from the facilitators and learn more about your seminar project!
Social Sciences Teacher
BA Notre Dame of Maryland University
MA University of Wisconsin