The thematic focus for this seminar is "Feminist Theories of Justice." In 1989, the political theorist Susan Moller Okin cited the "remarkable case of neglect" of gender in theories of justice. During the following nearly three decades, feminists have produced a significant body of scholarship on the topic of justice. In this reading- and writing-intensive seminar, we will explore some of the key contributions to this scholarship.
Readings will include: Susan Moller Okin, Justice, Gender, and the Family (selections); Iris Marion Young, Justice and the Politics of Difference; Nancy Fraser, "Social Justice in the Age of Identity Politics: Redistribution, Recognition, and Participation ;" Martha Nussbaum, Sex and Social Justice (selections); Eva Feder Kittay, Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency (selections); Allison Jaggar, ed., Gender and Global Justice (selections); Shatema Threadcraft, Intimate Justice: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic; Loretta Ross and Rickie Solinger, Reproductive Justice.
Some previous coursework in political theory, philosophy, and/or feminist theory is recommended.
Students will write short response papers (3-5 pages, typed and double-spaced) on the assigned readings, along with a 10 page research paper on a topic of their choice.
Grading will be based on the response papers (40%), research paper (40%), and participation in seminar discussions (20%).