2023-2024 Catalog

CTSJ 220 Intersectionality: Theory and Practice

This class explores both the concept and practical application of intersectional analysis as developed in critical race theory and critical legal theory. Intersectionality addresses the complex and shifting ways in which the discourses and practices of, for example, race, gender, sexuality, class and ability can intertwine and overlap, leading to specific modes of discrimination and oppression. Students will analyze these complex formations and the ways in which they are embedded in practices, structures and institutions of power. Reading in the course will include critical race theory, critical legal theory, feminist theory, queer theory, and readings from disability studies as well as other methodological approaches important for understanding and addressing overlapping and intersecting forms of discrimination and oppression. Students will also explore concrete ways in which intersectional analysis can be brought to bear on specific social and political problems. 


4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • United States Diversity