17.007J / 17.006 / 24.237 / SP.601J / WGS.601J Feminist Political Thought

Spring 2006

Feminist political graffiti.
Feminist political graffiti reading, "Red Riding Hood's mother warned her about the patriarchy." (Photo courtesy of David Wolf [dpwolf].)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete list of readings as well as essay topics and all homework assignments.

Course Description

This course is designed as a focused survey of feminist political thought and theory, exploring the various and often competing ways feminists have framed discussions about sex, gender, and oppression. Beginning with a consideration of key terms (sex, gender, oppression) and the meaning of social construction, we will move on to study three central feminist approaches to political thought (humanism, gynocentrism, and dominance). The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues, questions and debates in feminist theory, both historical and contemporary. This semester you will become acquainted with many of the critical questions and concepts feminist scholars have developed as tools for thinking about gendered experience.
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Dr. Kim Surkan

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session