PSCI 236 Sex, Gender, and Political Theory

Last offered Spring 2012

Cross Listed as WGSS236
This course offers a feminist reading of some of the most important concepts and theoretical concerns in the study of politics: freedom, justice, equality, obligation, alienation and objectification. Each of these terms will be evaluated from the perspective of its potential to address social inequities of sex, gender, race and class. Is welfare a problem for freedom theory? In what way might a pregnancy be experienced as a form of alienation, and how does this pose a challenge for theories of justice? Is it possible to treat another person as equal and at the same time an object of one's sexual desire? We will identify the analytical tools and strategies that feminist theorists have employed in order to bring these and other concerns into political theory scholarship, reconstructing traditional ideas of politics and public life in the process. Theorists whose work we will read include Susan Moller Okin, Nancy Hirschmann, Martha Nussbaum, Iris Marion Young, Drucilla Cornell, Gayatri Spivak, Dorothy Roberts, Judith Butler, Linda Zerilli and Catherine Mackinnon.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: one oral presentation and three papers (3 pages, 7 pages and 8-10 pages)
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science and concentrators in Political Theory
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives, PSCI Political Theory Courses,WGST Feminist Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 21
Class Number: 3866
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PSCI 236 LEC Sex, Gender & Political Theory Division 2: Social Studies Nimu Njoya
PSCI 236 LEC Sex, Gender & Political Theory Division 2: Social Studies Nimu Njoya
PSCI 236 LEC Sex, Gender & Political Theory Division 2: Social Studies Nimu Njoya
WGSS 236 LEC Sex, Gender & Political Theory Division 2: Social Studies Nimu Njoya
WGSS 236 LEC Sex, Gender & Political Theory Division 2: Social Studies Nimu Njoya
WGSS 236 LEC Sex, Gender & Political Theory Division 2: Social Studies Nimu Njoya
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