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OAFP 5355 - LGBTQ public policies and politics: National, European and Global Intersections

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Autumn 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

TThe movement for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is one of the most successful in recent history. In Europe, even though LGBT people and same-sex couple families experience inequality and exclusion in a wide range of policy arenas, significant advances have occurred. These include laws on same-sex marriage, civil unions, adoption, LGBT anti-discrimination laws and EU directives, public support for same-sex marriage by presidents, prime ministers, deputies and parties. This graduate level course will examine the successes of LGBT rights activism in Europe and globally, and the treatment of LGBT people in several policy domains, with an in-depth focus on several issue areas that afford a broad overview of international, European and national LGBT policy. In the first section, we will focus on (1) specific policy areas at the national and European level: health policy and HIV prevention and care; elder issues; youth and education policy. In the second part of the course, (2) an examination of global aspects of sexuality and LGBT issues allows us to look at how LGBT rights struggles arrive in the diplomatic arena, and how they affect international organizations' policies. A special attention is therefore paid in the increasingly important role LGBT and sexuality policies play in the shaping of international relations and development policies.


ELEFTHERIADIS, Konstantinos (PhD, Post doctoral student)

Pedagogical format

Elective course

Course validation

One research paper (5-8 pages) will be assigned, and there is a final exam. Students will also prepare one in-class presentation on a topic to be agreed upon with the professor. Students also expected to participate in class discussions which are based on the assigned readings. The paper is worth one third of the final grade, the final one third, and in-class participation, including the oral presentation, one third. The paper should examine an LGBT policy issue in France, Europe or globally. If peer-reviewed, academic research exists on the issue or population addressed this should be described and reviewed. If this is an emerging issue or understudied population (for example, LGBT elders in long-term care), a research agenda should be articulated. Ideally a specific proposal(s) for a policy intervention can be presented and critically examined, with data presented to make the case for taking a particular course of action. A final exam will take place during the last class. Students will be asked to choose two out of three questions on major themes in the readings and lectures/class discussions and respond to each of the two questions with two- to three-page essays. Students should sign up to do an in-class presentation by the second class. Presentations will start on the second session and continue through the eleventh session. Students should present a policy issue and describe the problem being addressed, the particular populations it affects and any data available on them, possible courses of action to address it, and construct an argument—using data if available—as to why one possible policy intervention is the most likely approach to effectively address the problem. Presentations should last 10-12 minutes, with 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion. A brief powerpoint, handouts, and video clips can be used. There is one required text for the class and many journal articles, book chapters and policy monographs. Please complete all readings prior to class. In-class video clips will also complement readings and discussions. Guest speakers will also contribute to our learning experience.


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Required reading

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