Understanding Western Patriarchy (WGST 409.3)

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Examination of a selection of texts which helped to shape gender, race, class, and ethnic arrangements in Western culture from 1700 BCE to the early 20th Century. The focus will be on influential sacred, legal, philosophical, and political writings that made the emergence of feminist thought and the rise of political feminism both necessary and possible.

Permission of the WGST Coordinator required.


18 credit units WGST and/or cognate courses, including at least two of WGST 311, 312, PHIL 227, HIST 347, RLST 359.


Students with credit for WGST 309 may not take this course.

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