Feminist Theory and Politics

62-016  Feminist Theory and Politics

second cycle master study programme Political Science

Course Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Vlasta Jalušič


  • There still exists little knowledge about how much feminist movement and feminist political theory contributed to equality, and to the participation and rights of broader strata of people. In spite of the fact that this topic became an important part of discussion of some male authors as well, and is represented in contemporary anthologies of political thought, it still remains on the margins of curricula, or is mainly taught in programs especially dealing with women's, gender and/or feminist studies.  This course wants to break with this development in the country and is offered as one of the key courses (though elective) in the M.A. program of political science. The course focuses on basic insights of feminism in political theory and develops a deeper understanding of theoretical and conceptual debates about the importance of intersections among gender, different inequalities, and politics both   in political thought and in everyday policies and practices of citizenship. Apart from dealing with the place of feminist theory within the tradition of political thinking it also includes issues such as contemporary debates about feminist theory, the limits of the concept of gender and relationship between gender inequality and racisms, nationalisms, and class.


  • feminism, feminist theory, gender, politics, the political and political thinking – placement of concepts
  • gender as a relevant category of historic and political analysis
  • between political equality and social gender identity (modern state, early feminism and neofeminism)
  • the placement of the feminist theory in the canon
  • rereading of the canon, discussions, critique and reinterpretations: patricarchy, equality-difference, essentialism, psychoanalysis, gender and identity politics, queer
  • gender and teoretisation of politics (politics, power, and violence, traditonal-modern-postmodern, social, private-public, intimacy, state and trans-state issues, post-colonialism)
  • gender paradigm and transformation of the political (troubles with the 'subject'), politcs and policies, intersections of 'identity' politics: race/ethnicity, class, gender

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