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Transformation Now Course


UNIV 3088

Special Topics: Transformation Now
1-Credit Course

Monday, August 28th - Friday, October 13th, 2023

This course provides a brief, detailed historical account of gender, the language that has shaped gender, the laws that have defined gender, and the various transnational revolutions that have taken place to redefine gender altogether.  Students will be able to recognize how essentialist/biological determinist beliefs are used by institutions to reinforce systemic oppression so they may develop skills to transform their communities.


Students can enroll in Student Administration until September 11, the end of add/drop.

Course:  UNIV 3088
Section 003 Class #16545 (Undergraduates Only)

Section 004 Class #16546 (Graduate Students Only)
Instruction Mode: Online Asynchronous

For detailed course information, see the course syllabus.

Course Objectives

By the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize various transnational histories of gender across diverse bodies of peoples and communities.
  2. Identify how the lived experiences of humans have been historically shaped by sexuality as well as gender race, class, and ability.
  3. Recognize the manifestations of sexism and cisgenderism in our daily lives.
  4. Locate resources on campus for support, further academic exploration, and activist engagement.

Course Modules

The course is comprised of seven (7) modules which include the following topics:

  • Module 0: Course Orientation
  • Module 1:  Course Introduction/History of Coloniality and Indigeneity (Two-Spirit Peoples)
  • Module 2: Language 
  • Module 3: Legislation 
  • Module 4: Everyday Violence
  • Module 5: Activism/Social Movements 
  • Module 6: Community Care
  • Module 7: Imagining Transformative Futures and Course Wrap-Up


                Frequently Asked Questions

                Additional Course Information

                Review Frequently Asked Questions regarding the course

                Decolonization is not a metaphor 

                Black Feminist Future

                Transformation Now at UConn

                Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

                Women’s Center

                Rainbow Center

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                Course Leads

                Course Contributors

                Student Engagement Facilitator and Course Moderator

                Shannon Langdon

                Shannon Langdon
                Course Moderator


                Davida Schiffer
                Course Moderator