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2SLGBTQ+ Studies: Topics in Gender and Sexuality

Certificate of Accomplishment | CE0002

2SLGBTQ+ representation is forefront in all aspects of society today. These representations are prevalent in the media, public personalities, politics, sports and workplace dynamics. Despite this positive shift, there is still much about 2SLGBTQ+ topics that is unknown, resulting in the existence of homophobia/transphobia and hate crimes. 

How do we support our family, friends, students, and coworkers who are struggling with coming out or want to transition? How can we educate our children to become more understanding and supportive of the 2SLGBTQ+ community? Through an interdisciplinary focus, this foundational certificate will begin to answer these questions and more by allowing students to better explore and challenge the histories of sexuality and gender normativity across multiple political, legal, workplace, artistic, literary, and cultural contexts. 

Students will participate in an interactive, engaging, and inclusive and safe community-building space.

Program Structure:

  • Six 15-hour (5 weeks) courses in the certificate
  • Delivered in an online hybrid model with both synchronous and asynchronous delivery
  • The synchronous classes will run from 6:00pm - 9:00pm EST in the second and fourth week of each course
  • To complete the certificate, you will need to take all four compulsory courses and one elective course

*Courses can be taken in any order; learners do not need to start with EDIQ 100.

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Course Name 2023/2024 Academic Year 2024/2025 Academic Year
Compulsory Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
EDIQ 100: Foundations in 2SLGBTQ+ Studies
EDIQ 101: Working with 2SLGBTQ+ Communities
EDIQ 102: 2SLGBTQ+ Representation in Popular Literature and Media
EDIQ 103: Sexualities and Identities in the 2SLGBTQ+ Spectrum
EDIQ 104: The Politics of 2SLGBTQ+ Human Rights and Global Issues
EDIQ 105: Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Employees In the Workplace

Compulsory Courses

EDIQ 100 Foundations in 2SLGBTQ+ Studies

This course explores 2SLGBTQ+ life, issues, identities, history and popular culture. Throughout the course, we will explore different aspects of gender variance and sexual diversity in Canada and around the world: the ways in which gender and sexuality have been defined and challenged at different times in history, the identities and communities that have formed in connection to gender and sexuality, and some of the obstacles faced by the individuals and groups who differ from heteronormativity.


EDIQ 101 Working with 2SLGBTQ+ Communities

Working with the 2SLGBTQ+ Communities provides students with the knowledge and skills to support 2SLGBTQ+ clients, friends, and family members. The course will contextualize how homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and transmisogyny work to produce unfair outcomes for 2SLGBTQ+ peoples, youth, and seniors. Students will be introduced to the principles of “brief intervention” and develop the foundational levels of micro-skills in active listening, summarizing, and reflecting on 2SLGBTQ+ contexts.


EDIQ 102 2SLGBTQ+ Representation in Popular Literature and Media

This course will examine the visibility of queer identified people in a selection of modern (1940s – 1990s) and contemporary (1990s to present) television, film and popular literature including comic books, novels, and queer magazines. The course will explore the depiction of queer identities in popular literature and media as their representation shifts in relation to larger societal changes through the analysis of acceptance, power, privilege and inequity. The course will also explore this collection of media and literature and analyze the significance of their portrayal and the impact it had on the queer community.


EDIQ 103 Sexualities and Identities in the 2SLGBTQ+ Spectrum

To say 2SLGBTQ+ is one thing, but to understand the acronyms and the various communities represented in this spectrum is another. This course explores the vast gender identities, sexualities and populations encompassed within the 2SLGBTQ+ communities such as asexual, bisexual, demi-sexual, gender non-conforming, non-binary, queer to name a few. Learners will be introduced to these identities and some of the obstacles faced by the individuals and groups and their issues and involvement in the community and society as a whole.



EDIQ 104 The Politics of 2SLGBTQ+ Human Rights and Global Issues
This course will explore the politics of 2SLGBTQ+ issues from local and global perspectives by examining human rights legislature, the history and progression of 2SLGBTQ+ movements, and various forms of current day political organizing and resistance. Learners will engage in reflections and conversations around the state of 2SLGBTQ+ rights, political representation, social attitudes towards queer and transgender communities, and future trajectories of queer politics.


EDIQ 105 Supporting 2SLGBTQ+ Employees In the Workplace

2SLGBTQ+ Perspectives in Human Resources will provide learners with knowledge and skills to better support 2SLGBTQ+ employees/populations in the workplace. This course will review key legislation in Ontario that protects 2SLGBTQ+ communities from discrimination and harassment. Learners will consider the range of individual and organizational motivations for supporting 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion at work. Learners will also study 2SLGBTQ+ cultural assessment tools that can be used to measure 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace.


2SLGBTQ+ Studies: Topics in Gender and Sexuality

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