Fall/Winter Timetable

POL381H1F L0101

Topics in Political Theory

Privilege and Race in Global Perspective


Critical Race Theory has emerged as an important yet controversial field of study. But how do notions of race and privilege “travel” and how have they developed in contexts outside of a White/non-White categorization in North America? This course will consider arguments that seek to situate “Whiteness” globally, as well as other localized iterations of ascriptive privilege. We will look at how theoretical formulations of race map on to categories such as ethnicity, caste, and indigeneity, paying close attention to issues of intersectionality.


To include readings by Derek Bell, Ian Haney Lopez, Angela Harris, Charles W. Mills, Juliet Hooker, Piya Chatterjee, Kehaulani Kauanui, Alice Nah, Tania Li.

Format and Requirements

Response papers, in-class writing, short essays, final exam.


POL200Y1 or POL200Y5 or (POLC70H3 and POLC71H3)