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as of 6/30/2022

FEMINIST CRITIQUES OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Italy - University of Bologna - 'Univ. of Bologna'
UC Course SubjectWomen’s & Gender Studies
Number & Suffix: 188
Full UC Title: FEMINIST CRITIQUES OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT 
Transcript Title: FEMNIST CRITIQUES 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This is a graduate level course that is part of the Laurea Magistrale program in cultural anthropology. The course is intended for advanced levels students only. Enrollment is by consent of the instructor. Students who complete a term paper on a pre-approved topic are awarded one extra unit for the course. Maximum units for this course are six. The course focuses on the ways in which women have historically criticized the theoretical justification of their subordination as articulated in Western political and social thought. By applying the fundamental tools of feminist and post-colonial theories, the course provides an historical analysis of political and social concepts – such as authority, freedom, rights, citizenship, society, and labor – as the expression of gendered relations of power. The course explores how, since the beginning of political modernity, feminist political discourses actively dispute the constitutive categories of modern politics and expose them as an expression of historically determined power relationships based on sexual difference. While the course focuses on a selection of fundamental texts chosen from the history of women’s and feminist political thought, it questions the very conception of history from this epistemological perspective. The course presents and analyzes the critiques of social and political thought articulated by women and feminists through specific problematic issues including the distinction between the public and private domain and the construction of the modern legitimate political subject; the conception of society as an order, where “natural” hierarchies are substituted by functional power relationships; and the contemporary transformations of State and capitalism and the accomplished global dimension of social production and reproduction. The course explores topics including an introduction to feminist historiography and criticism and early modern feminists, feminism and the critique of modern society, feminism and the political difference, and Black and post-colonial feminism. The course consists of traditional lectures; class discussion is strongly encouraged regarding the readings as well as specific topics presented in class. Assessment is based on a final paper (3,000 words) on a pre-approved topic. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: FEMINIST CRITIQUES OF POLITICAL AND SOCIAL THOUGHT (1) (LM) 
Partner University Department: Scienze storiche e orientalistiche 
Partner University Course Number: 81969