Undergraduate Course Code: POL432H1F L0101
Feminist Theory: Challenges to Legal and Political Thought
Feminist political thought challenges the core concepts of political theory, but its history is intertwined with the major strains of political thought, including liberal, republican, Marxist and radical traditions. Feminist political thought thus provides an important vantage point from which to think critically about the nature and limitations of key political concepts such as rights, equality, identity, and agency as well as the nature of politics itself. Feminism, however, is not unified nor are its intellectual contributions short-lived. The tradition of feminist political thought continually raises questions with regard to the boundaries, agendas and subjects of exclusionary political ideologies and practices. In turn, it poses these questions itself – its own identity and power relations. This course will explore the variety of feminisms emerging out of women’s struggles for political inclusion as well as more recent feminist theoretical challenges to the category of woman, identity politics, and rights-centered political discourse.
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