PHIL/WGST 226: Feminist Theory

Course Description: Feminist theory is an area of thought that seeks to expose, analyze and critically assess the justice of gender inequalities present in our society, in other societies, and globally. This course focuses on six sets of questions:

 • What is feminism?

• What is gender? Is gender “natural”? Are norms of gender unjust?

• What is sexism? Why is sexism unjust?

• How is contemporary American society sexist, if at all? Are women oppressed? Are men oppressed?

• How should feminists reason about apparently sexist practices occurring outside of their own society?

• What are the ultimate goals of feminism? What would a gender-just society look like?

This is a foundational course for students interested in social justice. It fulfills the Global Awareness and Humanities requirements in the General Education program.