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Free Queer Studies and Social Justice and Advocacy Online Courses (Save $76 Per Course) @ Coursera

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Take a Queer Studies course on Coursera for free. Brought to you by Queersera, Coursera's LGBTQ+ employee resource group.

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The following 11 courses are included (save $76 per course):

  • AIDS: Fear and Hope by University of Michigan
  • Queering Identities: LGBTQ+ Sexuality and Gender Identity by University of Colorado System
  • What does it mean to identify as Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC)? by University of Minnesota
  • Representaciones culturales de las sexualidades (in Spanish) by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Queering the Schoolhouse: LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Educators by University of Colorado System
  • Transgender Medicine for General Medical Providers by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • PrEParing: PrEP for Providers and Patients by Johns Hopkins University
  • Gender and Sexuality: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace by University of Pittsburgh
  • How to Change the World by Wesleyan University
  • Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change by Johns Hopkins University
  • From Freedom Rides to Ferguson: Narratives of Nonviolence in the American Civil Rights Movement by Emory University

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  • +1 vote

    Interesting courses.

  • +15 votes

    Here for the comments.

    • +26 votes

      with all these studies comes free brainwash

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        brainwash about what?

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          Think he means the world is affecting your biases

        • +4 votes

          Being less ignorant.

    • +4 votes

      You mean Kieth?

    • +9 votes

      Why do you deny lived experiences of one group but affirm lived experiences of another? Prejudice much?

      • +3 votes

        Hallucinations don't count as lived experiences.

        • +6 votes

          Why are you deciding for others and denying their identity?

          • -4 votes

            @Loki556: Perhaps you can pose that question to religious groups who demonise homosexuality and abortions.

            • +9 votes

              @kahn: That’s a different topic and is irrelevant to the question I’m asking you, which you don’t seem to want to answer.

              • -5 votes

                @Loki556: One is based on reality, science, and progressive knowledge while the other is based on mumbo-jumbo from centuries ago.

                • +17 votes

                  @kahn: Oh yeah? What is the scientific basis for existence of more than two biological genders, without the subject reporting otherwise? Can you determine that someone is intersex by blood sample, DNA test or other scientific means?

                  And that “mumbo-jumbo” is at the root of both scientific discovery and modern societal structures (including social justice), so deserves to at least be studied and acknowledged for that.

                  PS: I know a bloke who is a gay Christian - he has a tattoo of Christian fish on his shoulder colored with a rainbow. So you are literally celebrating part of his identity while denying another, while seeming to think of yourself as progressive.

                  • -5 votes

                    @Loki556: Hermaphrodites.

                  • -2 votes

                    @Loki556: Unicorns, sea horses and me on a Friday night before Mardi gras. Next!

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                    @Loki556: …you can literally determine that with a blood test, yes.

          • +6 votes

            @Loki556: Btw: looking at these courses in the same light as say, a course on understanding Islam, is see these as having utility. I just don’t understand why you are preferencing one belief system over another.

    • +5 votes

      So strange you have to take a post about one topic and introduce a whole different topic just to give yourself a soapbox to bellow from. If religion offends you so much, maybe you need to take a look at why you are offended. Remember, offence is taken, not given. My advice to you, be more accepting of all people and don't try to force your non-beliefs on to people as you would have them not force their beliefs onto you.

  • +24 votes

    These courses look gay

    • +15 votes

      The first seven don’t have a whole lot of practical application

      Looks like someone has yet to get on the woke corporate protection racket gravy train.

  • +3 votes

    'Representaciones culturales de las sexualidades' Sounds hot.

    • +6 votes

      I'm waiting for the Penelope Cruz movie

  • +14 votes

    Not a bargain when you consider the tome lost doing pointless studies

    • +4 votes

      surely the book's gotta be around here somewhere…

  • +14 votes

    Social justice I always wanted to become karen!

    Now I want to speak to the manager of OzB

    • +6 votes

      karen's aren't historically concerned with social justice…

      • +4 votes

        hmm but they ARE snowflakes of a sort..we probly need to do an Intersectional Studies course to figure this out

      • +1 vote

        @clayb123. Partially true, they are concerned about their social justice

  • +35 votes

    Find new ways to feel oppressed you didn't know existed.

    • +2 votes

      You missed the humble bundle this morning for racial justice. One of the most racist cash grabs I’ve seen yet..

      • +1 vote

        How is this an appropriate use of a downvote?

      • +1 vote

        The white fragility is incredible

    • +4 votes

      I think the list looks interesting. If you haven't lived the life then you possibly don't know what sort of oppression can occur.

      Having said that most of the courses are about how to interact with people who are not in the mainstream. Being able to interact politely with others shouldn't be denigrated.

      • +14 votes

        Old fashioned respect and politeness should be enough. All these courses, and activism are just going overboard. But I guess the SJWs have to justify their jobs!

        • -2 votes

          Whining about SJWs in 2020. Your existence is pathetic

          • +2 votes

            @WinstonWithAY: All your posts are a big cry about white people Winston…or how racist they are. I bet you’re white yourself; do you hate yourself ?

    • +1 vote

      LOL that's the most brilliant and accurate thing that could be applied to my housemates in college.

  • +23 votes

    Yeah right. Because we need more freeloading virtue signalers in society, constantly undermining our way of life without offering any useful or practical solutions. We have a real shortage of whiners who blame everyone else for their poor life choices and cry 'victim' all day long. Yeah, nah…

    • +7 votes

      And yet here you are going out of your way to whine about a course that you don't even have to take without offering any useful or practical solutions.

      • +2 votes

        Pointing out problems is the first step to working out practical solutions

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          Oh, so this is "pointing out problems", not whining - got it. Hard to keep up with all the galaxy brains in this thread!

          • +7 votes

            @poppingtags: It's whining when it doesn't suit you isn't it. He makes a valid point. But maybe you could refute it by giving the many examples of some enlightened person whose promoted tolerance after doing one of these courses. Because from what I've seen, people who want to 'queer the schoolhouse' generally aren't that accepting of dissenting thought.

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              @JD6750: Hunny…. We wouldn't have the current meaning of queer if it weren't for encouraging dissenting thought in our communities.

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                @TheRealCher: Yeah hunny every second person I talk to use that words as a slur in 2020. Come on.

                • -1 vote

                  @JD6750: Yr talking to the wrong people now, sit down and have a drink with me.

                • +1 vote

                  @JD6750: What the (profanity) are you talking about? They were saying that the term 'queer' was originally a slur before it was reclaimed by the LGBT community. Clearly you have shit comprehension skills

            • +4 votes

              @JD6750: The irony seems to be completely lost here, so I'll point it out.

              Courses like this DO help "point out problems" in society and in our own understanding of others - however since it doesn't suit the vast majority of commenters here, it's considered "whining".

              I can refute it - There is a direct correlation between the level of education and acceptance of homosexuality..

              You got any data to back up your claim that people who want to "queer the school house" aren't accepting of dissenting thought? Mind you accusations of being "freeloading virtue signalers in society" barely counts as thought, it's more angry man yells at sky.

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                @poppingtags: That correlation has nothing to do with whether or not people undertook grievance studies.

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                  @JD6750: If more education in general increases acceptance of homosexuality, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realise that more education spefically on LGBTQI matters will likely increase acceptance. It's also much closer to answering the question than the volumes of nothing that you've been sitting on to back your opinion.

                  Mind you, if a student was homophobic to begin with, I doubt that any of these courses would magically convert them into respectful citizen - it's meant for people with an interest in the area to grow their understanding, it's not a silver bullet meant to solve all of society's problems.

                  All the whining about the Gender/Sexuality courses also completely ignores the courses on history, medicine and politics that are also part of this deal, all from respected univerities, offered for free.

                  • +4 votes

                    @poppingtags: Education is always helpful but I don't understand why it's being pushed so hard at times and at such young ages is baffling. It comes across more like a new age religion rather than trying to inform people. And like the church, there is little to no room for discussion on the rules.

                    For me it's about good old fashioned mutual respect and courtesy. Treat people the way you want to be treated. You may not have to agree with someone, but there should be no excuse for not conducting yourself in a befitting manner.

                    As for acceptance.. it's a two way street. If you want people to accept your choices in life, then in the same token you will also need to accept that some people will not. That same tolerance for one another should be backed up by humility.

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            @poppingtags: Sorry guys, I didn't mean to start a war here. I was just 'venting' because I work in a university and I see what damage this stuff does to impressionable young people. They don't get taught to think critically about these things, they just get brainwashed with this post-modern marxism bull…

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              @redler: The current 'call out' and 'cancel' cultural movements are increasing reminiscent of Maoist purges. Critical thinking is rapidly being overrun by fervid group-think. More than a little worrying for society as a whole.
              There was an article in the Age this morning that actually shocked my jaded brain. Envy, wrapped up as accusations of racism and so-called cultural appropriation.
              https://www.theage.com.au/culture/movies/deeply-sorry-direct...
              Really, where does this end? Perhaps Orwell was more of a visionary than we supposed.

        • -1 vote

          I suggest you read this https://www.ozbargain.com.au/wiki/help:voting_guidelines so you can learn what an appropriate use of a negative vote on a deal is.

  • -1 vote

    A comprehensive list of the people who sign up for these courses would be very useful information.

  • +7 votes

    Isn’t it strange that at the time of Tim Cook, Alan Joyce, Penny Wong, Tim Wilson, Ruby Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Pete Buttigieg, George Takei, etc, there is still “need” to “Change the world”?

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      • +7 votes

        Someone has already answered this question below:

        “ JD6750 5 hours 34 min ago
        @Koder: Trust me I've looked through these courses and what they consider to be a 'tolerant' way to act is borderline Orwellian. In the course overview, they explain how when you meet a new person the first thing you should ask is 'what is your pronouns'. Personally that's insane and offensive, and I'm sure many people aren't going to respond well to some of the demands that this course outlines.

        In my mind these courses aren't going to improve outcomes for LGBT people but instead create a new wave of intolerant 'activists' who are acting in truly insane ways. It's all a slippery slope because you'll have people on the other side acting just as insane and then all of a sudden you've now created two groups of people who epitomize intolerance.”

        If you look at it from another side, as there is more compelled behavior pushed on community, there will be dissent and push back. That’s the issue - voluntary change is slow but works, fast “crash-through” change leads to opposition forming. It is very indicative of that article that the supposed answer is to increase the intensity, not understanding (hopefully this is not malicious) that that will actually increase the number of dissenting voices!

        It’s like trying to quell a conflict by escalating, how well has that ever worked in the past.

  • +9 votes

    This one comes across a bit dubious 'Queering the Schoolhouse'
    Run that one by the PTA and see how you go

    • +6 votes

      Who do you think is running the PTA? For that matter, guess just how many educators have been infected with social justice.

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        It's almost like the catholic Church with its masters, got to the school houses before us…

  • +1 vote

    These are free courses, if you don't want them, keep scrolling.
    There is an unfortunate proof in the comments here that there is still education needed in regards to improving inclusivity and acknowledging the strong prejudice Australia is infamous for.
    I'd strongly suggest some of the members here re-read their comments and consider if they are part of the problem.
    Be kind to others and be kind to yourself!

    • +13 votes

      You'd be surprised, people are more tolerant than you think. For the people who generally run these kinds of courses, not so much. Our country is one of the safest places in the world to live as an LGBT person.

      • +4 votes

        I know there are many tolerant and welcoming people in this country and that Australia is (mostly) a "safe" place to live for LGBTQ+, however people within the queer community are more than twice as likely to receive verbal and physical harassment, and 90% of trans & gender diverse people experience have experienced some form of discrimination or stigma in Australia.
        Yes LGBTQ+ are very unlikely to get stoned in the streets unlike other countries, but one would hope Australia would set it's standards a bit higher than that.

        • +10 votes

          Nothing productive comes from these courses though. It's well documented the 'tolerant' behaviour that you see from LGBT activists and academics who teach grievance studies to young and narrow minded students. People will respond to insanity with insanity. That's my gripe with many of these so-called courses. I can't give you the answer but I can assure you there are better ways to help the LGBT community be more accepted than through courses by people who want to 'queer the schoolhouse'.

          • +1 vote

            @JD6750: I understand the title of some of these courses might sound extreme, but reading through syllabus of "Queering the Schoolhouse", it seems to be about assisting educators in issues queer students face in school, how to be aware of them, how to be a queer ally and how to make your class more inclusive and accessible to queer students.
            Personally I believe it has very important content that most teachers are seldom made aware of.
            I don't think dismissing these courses on face-value is a good idea, even if you don't think they're relevant or helpful from your viewpoint. The more votes this post gets the more likely it will show up for someone who could learn valuable information from it and there is no harm in that.

            • +13 votes

              @Koder: Trust me I've looked through these courses and what they consider to be a 'tolerant' way to act is borderline Orwellian. In the course overview, they explain how when you meet a new person the first thing you should ask is 'what is your pronouns'. Personally that's insane and offensive, and I'm sure many people aren't going to respond well to some of the demands that this course outlines.

              In my mind these courses aren't going to improve outcomes for LGBT people but instead create a new wave of intolerant 'activists' who are acting in truly insane ways. It's all a slippery slope because you'll have people on the other side acting just as insane and then all of a sudden you've now created two groups of people who epitomize intolerance.

              • +2 votes

                @JD6750: The "slippery slope" argument is unfounded and borderline fearmongering. Asking for preferred pronouns is effortless, harmless and is very beneficial for those who don't physically look like their gender (trans, intersex and non-gendered).
                None of these practices are dismissive or intolerant towards heterosexual & binary people.
                If you think it's insane or offensive or somehow Orwellian to be inclusive of non-binary/trans/intersex, if you believe these people and those inclusive to them act in "insane" ways, then maybe these free courses are for you.
                Ask yourself if you are willing to take what little effort it takes to be inclusive to LGBTQ+ (yes that means asking pronouns if you're uncertain, no tolerant queer person will be offended if you do this). If your answer is "no", then you are part of the problem.

                • +4 votes

                  @Koder: If you have any questions in regards to LGBTQ+ tolerance and how to be more inclusive, or if you want to explain to me how being inclusive to the queer community is "insane", "Orwellian", and "a slippery slope", then feel free to send me a DM, I am very open to new ideas and I would like to help.

                  • +4 votes

                    @Koder: I can keep it simple, people will be more tolerant if activists are less forceful of their opinions.

                    • +2 votes

                      @JD6750: I understand and agree with you there, forcing behaviour and opinions on people is wrong.
                      Adding on to that, I'd like to clarify that someone's identity is not an opinion to be agreed or disagreed with, and we should try to do what we can to be welcoming and inclusive.

                • +3 votes

                  @Koder: "you are part of the problem."

                  How about you look at it from another perspective - if you expect and endeavour to force everyone to alter their behaviour to suit your needs, you are part of the problem.

                  • +1 vote

                    @Loki556: Who would have thought free stuff on a site dedicated to bargains could cause so much controversy.

                  • +3 votes

                    @Loki556: Forcing people to alter behaviour is wrong.
                    However, being dismissive of people's identities and not willing to be more inclusive towards minorities is also wrong.
                    At the end of the day it's the individuals decision if they want to be kind or not, just be aware of the decisions you choose.

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                  @Koder: I totally reject the idea that if I don't ask people for their 'preferred pronoun' I'm suddenly part of some 'problem' that you just made up? A LGBTQ person might not be offended, but most others would find it bizarre and frankly a bit creepy.

              • -2 votes

                @JD6750: Any data to prove any of the things you've said, or is it all based on feelings rather than facts. Also, nice slippery slope fallacy

          • -3 votes

            @JD6750: " It's well documented the 'tolerant' behaviour that you see from LGBT activists and academics who teach grievance studies to young and narrow minded students."
            Nice platitude. Any data?
            "I can't give you the answer"
            Then why are you talking?

  • +5 votes

    SJW 101 LOL

  • +1 vote

    Wow. They can't even give this queer stuff away. Who'da thought?