Challenging Political Discourses
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005
This course examines the development of a distinctively feminist approach to political theory. It will explore the development of feminist political theory from the perspective of the feminist thinkers in the context of their own times addressing issues and political dynamics of their day. The course is designed around a research or inquiry-based learning process in which students take a leading role in determining which thinkers should be considered as contributors to feminist political theory, why they should be so considered, what was the nature of their contribution, and how did it challenge the dominant political ideas of their time. Emphasis will also be given to the conceptual development of feminist political ideas especially concepts such as 'patriarchy', 'sex' and 'gender' and the ways in which they help shape our understandings of politics, power, citizenship, human nature and nature. Not available to students who have already passed or are currently enrolled in POLI3120.
1. Acquisition of core analytical and critical skills.
2. Ability to analyse contemporary social, economic and political relations from a perspective sensitive to gender inequality.
3. Broader conceptual understanding of the concept of power and the way it infuses gender relations within society.
Course content will include but will not be limited to the following topics:
1. Origins of feminist discourse
2. Discussion of various modern feminist thinkers
3. Analysis of key concepts and terms such as gender, patriarchy, sexual identity, power, subjection, and citizenship.
This course does not replace any existing offering. There is no impact on courses offered in other Faculties or Schools.
10 units in Politics at 1000 level or 30 units of non politics courses at 1000 level.
Modes of Delivery
Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term