Spring 2019 - POL 438 D100

Selected Topics in Comparative Government and Politics I (4)

Global Feminist Politics

Class Number: 6291

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Tue, Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    Eight upper division units in political science or permission of the department.



Selected Topic: Global Feminist Politics 

This course will examine the philosophical underpinnings and political realities of global feminism as a movement and a principle of institutional design. We will ask about the foundations and political impact of global – and local, national, regional and transnational- solidarity among women including discussion of transversal solidarity, strategic essentialism, and other key concepts in feminist philosophy. Regional and national movements in Africa, the Middle East, North America and other contexts will be examined. On-line and digital aspects if movements will also be discussed. Implications for policy and law in areas such as violence against women, family law, reproductive rights and parental leave will also be considered. We will conclude with lessons for global justice and other social movements.

There will be two 2-hour seminars each week.

(combined with POL 837 G100)


  • Participation 10%
  • 4 Quizzes 40%
  • Short (5 page) paper 15%
  • Research Paper (15-20 pages) 25%
  • Reading presentation 10%



Global Feminism: Transnational Women's Activism, Organizing, and Human Rights Edited by Myra Marx Ferree and Aili Mari Tripp 200.  (Paperback or ebook) 
ISBN: 9780814727362

The Logics of Gender Justice State Action on Women's Rights Around the World Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, 2018. (Paperback or ebook) 
ISBN: 9781108277891

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.
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Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html