Alternative Political Theory

Dartmouth College; Department of Government                   

Mid-level course 

Description: In this course we engage with central themes and approaches of three contemporary alternative political theories: critical theory, post-structuralism, and feminist political theory. This course has three goals. First, we engage with these alternative theories to obtain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of power in modern societies. Second, we analyze the ways in which these theories might assist us to think about issues pertaining to political resistance. Third, we analyze the ways in which the respective thinkers conceptualize socio-political change. We start out with Marx and Marcuse (critical theory), followed by Foucault and Derrida (post-structuralism), and we end with Iris Marion Young and Judith Butler (feminist political theory).

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