Berkeley to offer course on the ‘politics of needing to go’

Berkeley to offer course on the ‘politics of needing to go’
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Last Summer’s heated debate over North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” inspired the University of California, Berkeley to devote an entire course to the “politics of needing to go.”

course description for the four-credit class confirms that students will spend an entire semester discussing how “a public restroom is a charged social site,” addressing questions such as: “Who has access to it? Who cleans it? How have public restrooms segregated people into strict categories of gender, race, class, and ability? What does it mean for a public space to be designed for private activities? [and] Who are we socially when our bodies need to go?”

Students taking the course will apparently “hone academic research skills” by writing a “substantial research paper” on the topic, earning students who successfully complete the class four academic credits, or units, as Berkeley refers to them, towards their degrees.

In fact, Berkeley students may even elect to take the class as one of the two courses needed to fulfill the school’s general “reading and composition requirement,” according to Berkeley’s academic guide.

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