Undergraduate Course: Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy (PHIL10210)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course covers advanced topics in Feminist Philosophy, either contemporary or historical. The course may focus on an extended examination of a philosophical debate, such as pornography, objectification, the metaphysics of gender, or the relation between women and nature.
This course examines in detail an advanced topic in Feminist Philosophy. Topics will vary from year to year and may be either contemporary or historical. The course may focus on an extended examination of a philosophical debate, such as pornography, objectification, the metaphysics of gender, or the relation between women and nature. Alternatively, the course may focus on a historical figure or set of figures in the feminist tradition, such as Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Wollstonecraft, or Mary Astell.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) AND
Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
||Other requirements|| Students studying on MA Cognitive Science (Humanities) are permitted to take this course without having met the pre-requisites of Mind, Matter and Language and Knowledge and Reality. However, it is advisable that students discuss the suitability of the course with their PT and the course organiser before enrolling.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have completed at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Midterm Essay (40%) 1500 words
Final Essay Proposal (5%)
Final Essay (55%) 2500 words
||Specific guidance will be given in advance of each assignment. Instructor feedback on essay outline and peer feedback will provide formative opportunities ahead of final essay.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Effectively present close and critical analysis of historical and contemporary feminist texts covered in the course.
- Present and defend their own reasoned ideas about the issues discussed.
- Demonstrate their capacity to articulate arguments succinctly and clearly in a written essay format.
- Critically evaluate gender dynamics and feminist politics in their own lives.
- Beauvoir, Simone de. The Second Sex, 1949.
- Kollontai, Alexandra. Selected Writings of Alexandra Kollontai. W W Norton & Co, 1980.
- Cooper, Anna Julia. A Voice from the South, 1892.
- Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792.
- Astell, Mary. A Serious Proposal to the Ladies. Broadview Press, 1697.
- Mahowald, Mary Briody, ed. Philosophy of Woman: an anthology of classic to current concepts. Hackett, 1994.
- Mikkola, Mari, ed. Beyond speech: pornography and analytic feminist philosophy. Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Langton, Rae. Sexual solipsism: Philosophical essays on pornography and objectification. Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Warren, Karen J., Karen Warren, and Nisvan Erkal, eds. Ecofeminism: Women, culture, nature. Indiana University Press, 1997.
- Witt, Charlotte. The metaphysics of gender. Oxford University Press, 2011.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement.
Skills: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Communication.
|Course organiser||Dr Filipa Melo Lopes
Tel: (0131 6)50 3958
|Course secretary||Ms Veronica Vivi