How have conceptions of gender roles and definitions of sexual identity transformed throughout United States history and into the present day? 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 historical and current themes, such as heteronormativity, Second Wave 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 and political forms. With this historical foundation, students work individually and collaboratively on research initiatives in the second semester on topics of their choosing, such as gay marriage, gender reassignment, reproductive rights, workplace discrimination, HIV/AIDS, heteronormativity, etc. This course offers students the opportunity to develop both cultural competency around gender and sexual identity while exploring their own interests on a wide range of related topics.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
“I do believe that I grew into a more accepting and open-minded person who cares enough to ask questions and hear the other perspective.
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:
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Examples of signature activities and projects for this course are:
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SECOND SEMESTER?
Students wishing to pursue an identity-related project may enroll in the course for the full year. 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 activism, design, or research project on the topic of their choosing. Guided by a One Schoolhouse teacher, students pursue individual study/self-assessment or collaborative seminar/peer-review. Pathway options from which students choose include:
Upon completion of their inquiry-driven project, students will have gained academic maturity and expanded their ability to engage in a diverse and changing world. They will be able to draw and defend conclusions from theoretical underpinnings, contextual background, and mathematical analysis or source evaluation. Finally, they will have created and tested something useful of their own design or will be able to defend a position based on their own research.
This course is approved by the NCAA.
One Schoolhouse is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through December 1, 2025; we are an approved online publisher for the University of California.
Social Sciences Teacher
BA Notre Dame of Maryland University
MA University of Wisconsin