Feminist Thought

A black and white mural of a woman's face, with  large eyes, a pointed nose, and thin lips, closed in a serious expression.

A portrait of Simone de Beauvoir, known for her 1949 book The Second Sex, a major work of feminist philosophy. (Image courtesy of thierry ehrmann on flickr. License CC BY.)


MIT Course Number

WGS.301J / 17.007J / 24.237J / 17.006

As Taught In

Fall 2014


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course analyzes theories of gender and politics, especially ideologies of gender and their construction. Also discussed are definitions of public and private spheres, gender issues in citizenship, the development of the welfare state, experiences of war and revolution, class formation, and the politics of sexuality.

Graduate students are expected to pursue the subject in greater depth through reading and individual research.

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Sally Haslanger. WGS.301J Feminist Thought. Fall 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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