Fall 2023 - POL 416W B100

Feminist Social and Political Thought (4)

Class Number: 3849

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 5:30–8:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

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



This course will examine the works of major feminist thinkers and the problems of developing feminist theory. Students with credit for POL 416 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.



This course will explore the development of feminist social and political thought as well as feminist agendas for progressive change. The objectives of this course are to enable students to gain a nuanced understanding of feminism(s) and feminist perspectives and aims. They are to provide students with tools for feminist analyses of politics, political institutions, and public policies toward achieving gender justice and liberation locally and globally. Importantly, this course will highlight the scholarly and artistic contributions of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. POL 416W is a writing course. Students are expected to complete all writing exercises and assignments. 

Course Organization:

There will be a three-hour seminar and one hour of activities on Canvas each week, in addition to regular readings and assignments.

NOTE:  This course is combined with POL 816.


  • Participation 25%
  • Essay Outline and Working Bibliography 20%
  • Essay Draft I 20%
  • Essay Final Draft 35%



Amber Dawn and Justin Ducharme, Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers’ Poetry (Arsenal, 2019)

Arruzza, Cinzia, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser, Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto (Verso, 2019).

hooks, bell, Feminist Theory from Margin to Center (South End Press, 1984).

Simpson, Leanne Islands of Decolonial Love (Winnipeg: ARP Books, 2015).

Vaid-Menon, Alok, Beyond the Gender Binary (Penguin, 2020).

NOTE:  These texts are available in the library, on reserve, and/or in the bookstore (and some maybe available second hand or in PDF online). All other required readings will be on Canvas or available otherwise on-line.


Turabian, Kate, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th Edition, revised by Wayne C. Booth et al. (University of Chicago Press, 2018).


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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


Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.