Fall/Winter Timetable

POL480H1S L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2038H1S L0101

Studies in Comparative Political Theory


We will critically examine what “comparative political theory” is and what it would mean to genuinely “deparochialize” political theory, that is, to de-center Euro-American thought in the study of political ideas. The course neither presupposes background knowledge of any non-Western thought tradition, nor does it aspire to provide students with sufficient knowledge of particular traditions to ground serious scholarly contributions to this emerging field. To provide that background would require a series of specialized courses in, e.g., East Asian political thought, Indian political thought, Latin American political thought, Indigenous political thought, African political thought, and so on. Rather, the course aims at sharpening our understanding of (a) the purposes served by “deparochializing” political theory; and (b) the various methods by which we can seek to serve these purposes


Texts will include works by contemporary theorists such as John Rawls, Thomas Nagel, Jurgen Habermas, Iris Young, Seyla Benhabib, Martha Minow, and Drucilla Cornell.

Format and Requirements

Weekly participation, seminar presentations, and term papers.


POL200Y1 or POL200Y5 or POL320Y1 or POL320Y5 or JPP343H1 or JPP343Y1 or (POLC70H3 and POLC71H3)