Queer Theory and American Public Policy

Marc Weiner (Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy)

By using queer theory as a mechanism of public policy analysis, students will become familiar with the concepts of researcher perspective, structural and institutional biases, and the nature of value-laden history. By demonstrating contrasting perspectives students will come to understand that queer theory is but one lens through which history, of public policy or otherwise, may be viewed. At the conclusion of the seminar, students will be able to analyze a sociopolitical cause-and-effect through a known theoretical lens, and will be aware of the levels of analyses available, as well as the importance of understanding implicit structural and institutional biases in public policy.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 64 index 14967