Spring 2021 - POL 837 G100

Issues in Comparative Politics (5)

Class Number: 4868

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM




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.


  • Participation 10%
  • 3 Quizzes (15% each) 45%
  • Short Paper (5 pages) 10%
  • Research Paper (15-20 pages) 25%
  • Reading Presentation 10%



Edited by Myra Marx Ferree and Aili Mari Tripp.  Global Feminism: Transnational Women's Activism, Organizing, and Human Rights  2006 ISBN: 9780814727362 (Paperback or ebook)
ISBN: 9780814727362

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

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