WGS 345 • Women in the History of Political Thought
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
This course examines the themes of women, the family, and the private sphere in the history of political theory. We will analyze and interpret works of political theory in which women have a central role, and we will seek to understand the role that political thinkers' views about the relations between the sexes played in the development of their larger political theories. Beginning in classical Greece political theory and drama, we will move through history, considering the critiques of paternalism launched by Hobbes and Locke and the portrait of the ideal woman advanced by Rousseau in Book V of the Emile. In the second half of the course, we will consider the development of early feminism in the writings of Mill, Wollstonecraft, and Stanton, and then move into the twentieth century to consider the arguments of Simone De Beauvoir and Susan Moller Okin. We will conclude with contemporary authors who address the situation of women in America today.
Two Exams: 30% each Paper: 20% Class Participation and Quizzes: 20%
Aristophanes' Four Comedies Simone de Beavoir's The Second Sex Susan Moller Okin's Justice, Gender and the Family John Stuart Mill's The Subjection of Women Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women