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Undergraduate Course: Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy (PHIL10210)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) AND Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy (Semester 1) (PHIL10233)
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.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Midterm Essay (40%) 1500 words
Final Essay (60%) 2500 words
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Effectively present close and critical analysis of historical and contemporary feminist texts covered in the course.
  2. Present and defend their own reasoned ideas about the issues discussed.
  3. Demonstrate their capacity to articulate arguments succinctly and clearly in a written essay format.
  4. Critically evaluate gender dynamics and feminist politics in their own lives.
Reading List
Representative Readings:

- 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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Mindsets: Enquiry and lifelong learning; Outlook and engagement.
Skills: Personal and intellectual autonomy; Communication.
Additional Class Delivery Information Students cannot take this course in both semesters.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Marion Boulicault
Course secretaryMs Catriona Keay
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