Fall/Winter Timetable

POL380H1S L0201

Topics in International Politics

Gender and Intersectionality in Global Politics


This course will consider issues of gender and politics from the standpoint of ‘intersections’ with race and class. Intersectional feminism has emerged as a highly influential approach, in Political Science and other social science disciplines, and in policy formulation from the global to the local. Specific United Nations world conferences and declarations addressing human rights, gender, race and Indigeneity will be addressed, as well as policy case studies from Canada, the US, the UK and the global south. The intersection of social movements – that address issues such as gender, race, class, Indigeneity and climate justice – with current debates in Political Science internationally will be a central theme of the course. Leading scholars in the field will be considered, including: Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, Angela Y. Davis, Patricia Hill Collins, Sirma Bilge, Sylvanna Falcon, Sherene Razack, Sunera Thobani, Malinda Smith and Himani Bannerji.



Format and Requirements

This is a seminar course, and the requirements will include: weekly readings and class participation; a review essay of a book or special issue of a journal covered in the course; and a final research paper.


POL208H1 or POL208Y1 or POL209H5 or POLB80H3