SOCY 3050: Diversity and Sexual Identity in Latin America


SOCY 3050




Summer I, Fall, Spring,






$ USD 795

This course will study the LGBTQ+ community and related social issues within the Latin American context. Special attention will be given to the case of Costa Rica, regarding which sexuality, identity, expression, health, community, family, and other social, political and lifestyle issues will be discussed. One of the first of its kind in the region, and a pioneer offer for study abroad students in the Costa Rican setting, this course offers students a unique opportunity to study Latin American LGBTQ+ dynamics and issues.

This is a young, but growing field of study in Latin America, and certainly one that deserves much attention, especially as the region is home to some of the most homophobic countries in the world, while also experiencing radical changes in terms of acceptance of the complete spectrum of sexuality and identity. This course has three main objectives: 1) explore LGBTQ+ issues in the Latin American community; 2) gain an appreciation for how particular countries are advancing in relation to legal equality, while studying the social groups who are pushing for change; and 3) critically assess present day contexts that are struggling with recently developed antidiscriminatory frameworks.


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"I became way more curious about the world, I want to travel more now, I want to meet more people, learn more things, and I’ve made a lot of friends both Costa Rican and American and from all over the world"

- Wendell Kirkman | Indiana State University -