This course examines identity politics through the lens of political theory. The course analyzes the different kinds of identity categories within liberal democracies and how they become infused with political meaning. It also investigates the strategic issues that identity-based movements face as they develop. Case studies and films are utilized to create a supportive space for critical thinking about categories such as race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, gender, and class. Special attention will be placed upon how the lived experience of intersecting and oppressive forces constitute the basis for emancipatory politics.


45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework

Course Notes

POL 335 is an approved Self and Society course for Cap Core requirements.

Course Outlines

Please note: Course outlines of record posted may vary from the section syllabus distributed by each instructor (e.g. textbooks, assignments, timing of midterms).

Effective Term
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