Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

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SOC300ZA(社会学 / Sociology 300)
Feminist Theory


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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6321
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Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 木1/Thu.1
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
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Learning for the Future CP
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Chiyoda Campus Consortium
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Outline and objectives

This course focuses on vibrant intellectual conversations engendered by the production of feminist theory in the contemporary moment. This course is divided into the following four sections: (1) theorizing feminist times and spaces, (2) theorizing intersectionality and difference, (3) theorizing feminist knowledge and agency, and (4) imagine otherwise/solidarity reconsidered. Through this course, students will learn the ways feminist theorizing moves across disciplines and at times intentionally defines and destabilizes disciplinary categorization.


By the end of this course, students will be able to: (1) identify and describe the key concepts and main themes of feminist theory (remembering/understanding), (2) apply feminist theory to contemporary social issues in Japan and abroad (applying), (3) compare and contrast various strands of feminist theory (analyzing), and (4) develop and present their own ideas and perspectives on gender and sexuality (evaluating/creating).

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 1”, “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

This course will be based on a combination of short lectures by the instructor and student-led class discussions. Verbal and written feedback on assignments is given during class discussions and through using other tools as appropriate. Students are welcome to visit the instructor during office hours for more personalized feedback.

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face



Course introduction, logistics

2[対面/face to face]:Theorizing Feminist Times and Spaces I

Amrita Basu, “Globalization of the Local/Localization of the Global: Mapping Transnational Women’s Movements”

3[対面/face to face]:Theorizing Feminist Times and Spaces II

The Combahee River Collective, “A Black Feminist Statement”

4[対面/face to face]:Theorizing Feminist Times and Spaces III

Emi Koyama, “The Transfeminist Manifesto”

5[対面/face to face]:Theorizing Intersectionality and Difference I

Jennifer C. Nash, “Re-Thinking Intersectionality”

6[対面/face to face]:Theorizing Intersectionality and Difference II

Heidi Hartmann, “The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism: Towards a More Progressive Union”

7[対面/face to face]:Theorizing Feminist Knowledge and Agency I

Nancy C.M. Hartsock, “The Feminist Standpoint: Toward a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism”

8[対面/face to face]:Theorizing Feminist Knowledge and Agency II

Patricia Hill Collins, “Defining Black Feminist Thought”

9[対面/face to face]:Theorizing Feminist Knowledge and Agency III

Donna Haraway, “Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective”

10[対面/face to face]:Theorizing Feminist Knowledge and Agency IV

Judith Butler, “Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory”

11[対面/face to face]:Imagine Otherwise/Solidarity Reconsidered

Chandra Talpade Mohanty, “‘Under Western Eyes’ Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles”

12[対面/face to face]:Chicana Feminist Theory

Chela Sandoval, “U.S. Third World Feminism: Differential Social Movement I”

13[対面/face to face]:Theory in Action I

Preparation and feedback for final paper

14[対面/face to face]:Theory in Action II

What have we learned in this course? Preparing and submitting the final paper

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students are expected to complete the weekly readings and prepare for class discussion. Please note that the assigned readings for this course tend to be dense. As such, I recommend giving yourself ample time to complete them, even if the number of pages assigned at any given time appears small. Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


No textbook will be used. All readings will be provided by the instructor.


The readings are excerpted from the following books: McCann, Carole R., Seung-kyung Kim, and Emek Ergun, eds. 2021. Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives. 5th ed. New York: Routledge. Sandoval, Chela. 2000. Methodology of the Oppressed. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Further reference may be provided based on students’ areas of interest.

Grading criteria

Participation: 10%
Discussion facilitation: 20%
Weekly reading responses: 30%
Final paper: 40%

Changes following student comments

Not applicable. This course is taught for the first time by this instructor.

Equipment student needs to prepare

None. You are welcome to use computers/tablets for class-related purposes in class.


Students who intend to enroll in this course are expected to have passed "Race, Class and Gender I."