Alternative Models of Political Theorizing

Institution: The University of Chicago

Department: Political Science

Course-level: Graduate course; open to undergraduate students with prior knowledge

Format: Seminar

Description: This course is designed to teach three alternative models of political theorizing: critical theory, post-structuralism and feminist political theory. We assess the strengths and weaknesses of these models in terms of their ability to address and redress injustice in modern societies by studying the works of two representatives of each: Marx and Adorno (critical theory), Foucault and Lacan (post-structuralism), Iris Marion Young and Judith Butler (feminist political theory). We critically discuss the commonalities and differences of both the discussed thinkers and the alternative models of political theorizing they represent. Responsibilities: I chose the course title, designed the course, including the syllabus, choice of readings and assignments and graded students.