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Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Feminist Debates (SSPS10001)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis interdisciplinary course introduces students to gender studies and feminism. Drawing on expertise from across the social sciences at the University of Edinburgh, the course enables students to develop a thoroughgoing understanding of different feminisms (e.g. liberal, black feminism, decolonial feminism, ecofeminism), feminist social and political theory/theorizing, and contemporary feminist debates. It also introduces students to key themes which are pervasive across debates (e.g. questions of equality, (in)justice, voice, epistemology) and encourages critical instrumentalisation of these themes in their own work.
Course description As the course is research led and team taught, the precise topics covered changes from year to year, but may include: definitions of sex and gender, intersectionality, sex-work/prostitution, sex and gender based violence, climate change, menstruation, masculinities, disability, the family, and coloniality. Parts of the course require students to undertake non-traditional tasks (e.g. reflexivity, creative writing).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 2 social science courses (such as Sociology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Anthropology, etc) at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  76
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 25% short essay and 75% long essay
Feedback Students will receive formative feedback prior to writing their final essay in the form of written comments on the 1500-word essay they submit around Week 5. They also have the opportunity to submit an essay plan around week 10 on which they can receive written or verbal feedback to assist in completing the long essay
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and appraise the main approaches to the interdisciplinary study of gender
  2. Understand the links between different strands of feminist thought, mainstream social and political thought, and contemporary social and political issues and debates
  3. Develop research and analytical skills that help facilitate independent learning
  4. Be able to communicate to others in a clear and concise manner, both verbally and in writing, nurtured in seminar activities, group presentations and essay construction and feedback
  5. Co operate with others in shared learning in seminars through small group activities, group presentations and listening
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Weekly combined 2 hr lecture and 1hr seminar
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Rebecca Hewer
Tel: (0131 6)50 3502
Course secretaryMr Ethan Alexander
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001
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