Fall/Winter Timetable

POL380H1F L0101

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. Various approaches in the literature that have addressed intersectionality and its impact will be addressed, as well as relevant debates within global politics. The course will consider topics such as the history of the concept of intersectionality; intersectionality and state power; intersectionality in Political Science; and intersectionality and identities. Specific United Nations world conferences and declarations addressing intersectionality and human rights, gender, race and Indigeneity will also be considered.


Hill Collins, Patricia and Sirma Bilge, Intersectionality. (Polity Press, 2016).
Lutz, Helma, Maria Teresa Herrera and Linda Supik (eds.), Framing Intersectionality: Debates on a Multi-faceted Concept in Gender Studies. (Routledge, 2016)

Format and Requirements

Class Engagement: 10%; Single Article Review (SAR): 20%; Précis for Research Essay: 10%; Final Research Essay: 60%