POL3082 : Feminist Political Theory

  • Module Leader(s): Ms Kay Black
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To outline the Feminist Critique of Western Political Theory
To outline the key strands of Feminist political theory
To examine the application and relevance of these strands to contemporary political and social issues
To develop students’ ability to critically analyse these contemporary issues from Feminist perspectives

When Political Philosophers such as Rousseau write about ‘man’ do they really mean men and women? Is there such a thing as Human Nature that is sexless and genderless? To achieve equality with men have women had to become like men? What relevance do these questions have for issues such as abortion, pornography and paternity leave?

Feminist Political theory grew from a desire for the liberation of a subordinated class – women - and as such it has always been concerned with compelling and intriguing issues. At the heart of each diverse attempt to theorise and overcome this subordination lies an abiding concern with equality and freedom. The Feminist theories studied in the module will be subjected to rigorous critical analysis to assess their potential to increase freedom and equality both for and between women and men and their relevance to contemporary social and political issues.

Outline Of Syllabus

There will be 16 lectures on each topic and 8 seminars during which the theories presented in the lectures will be applied to specific issues including medical ethics, celebrity culture, equality in the workplace and domestic violence.

1. What is Feminist about Feminist Political Theory?      
2.       Concepts of Human Nature in Western Political Theory      
3.       Is Western Political Theory male-biased?      
4.       The Feminist Critique      
5.       Equality      
6.       Freedom            
7.       Liberal Feminism 1 - Theory      
8.       Liberal Feminism 2 - Critique      
9.       Marxist Feminism            
10.       Socialist Feminism            
11.       Radical Feminism            
12.       Feminist Ethics 1 Theory      
13.       Feminist Ethics 2 Applications      
14.       Postmodern Feminism 1      
15.       Postmodern Feminism 2      
16.       The Future of Feminism

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1165:00165:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will provide an overview of the Feminist critique of Western political theory and the key strands of Feminist Political Theory covered in the course.

Seminars will provide students with an opportunity to engage critically with the concepts and perspectives introduced in the lectures. Students will also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to contemporary political and social issues.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50Unseen examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50One 2,000 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 2,000 word essay will provide students with the opportunity to engage in an in-depth analysis of the Feminist Theories covered in the course. This will provide a means of assessing the student’s ability to develop material in the lectures and seminars and combine it with independent study. The essay will also assess each students skills in critical analysis.

The 2hr unseen exam will provide students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained of Feminist Political Theory to specific social and political issues.

Resit will take the form of a 100% unseen written examination


Exchange Students:

An alternative form of assessment will be set for exchange students from non-English speaking home institutions replacing the examination. The alternative form of assessment is set in accordance with the University Assessment tariff.

Reading Lists

Timetable

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