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PHIL3700 Feminist Philosophy

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Alison Toop

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Feminist philosophy is philosophy that is particularly relevant to women's lives-- it ranges over most subfields of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. This module will provide an in-depth introduction to some of the key debates in feminist philosophy. The precise module content will vary from year to year, but some of the issues covered may include:Are traditional gender roles fine as they are, or should we try to change them? (Can we change them?)Is pornography wrong because it involves treating women like objects? (Or is there nothing wrong with pornography?)Is society biased against women? For example, do we generally take women's testimony less seriously than men's? If so, what are the consequences, and what can we do about it?Is access to abortion required for women's equality? Is it morally permissible?What is the male gaze? Does the concept of the male gaze help us understand anything about artistic practices?


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Show a good grasp of central issues, arguments, and theories in feminist philosophy and give clear and accurate exposition of leading philosophical treatments of such;

2. Show understanding of how these issues, arguments, and theories relate to one another;

3. Demonstrate the capacity to analyse arguments critically and develop their own position in relation to these issues.

Learning outcomes
The course will provide students with knowledge of leading philosophical work and philosophical arguments in feminist philosophy.


The module focuses on four major areas in feminist philosophy:
Theme 1: Theories of Gender
Theme 2: Objectification
Theme 3: Knowledge, Testimony, and Power
Theme 4: Bias: Implicit and Explicit

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Lecture Preparation and Follow Up: 40 hours
Tutorial Preparation: 60 hours
Discussion Board Preparation: 30 hours
Essay Preparation: 50 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be given the opportunity to receive (a) general feedback on draft discussion board contributions in tutorial discussions, (b) individual feedback and a mark on revised discussion board contributions on Minerva, (c) individual feedback on discussion board contributions in office hours or by appointment, (d) individual feedback on draft essay plans in office hours or by appointment, and (e) individual feedback and a mark on the essay.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentDiscussion Board Contributions40.00
Essay2000 words60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:44:11


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