Philosophical analysis of the concepts and assumptions central to feminism. Theoretical positions within the feminist movement; view of the ideal society, goals and strategies of the movement, intersections of the sex-gender system with other systems of oppression. Offered: jointly with PHIL 206/POL S 212.
This is an introductory class to feminist philosophies and theories. We will focus on a range of feminist perspectives as they intersect with key political and philosophical concepts: identity, knowledge, globalization, social change, among others. There are two related goals of the class, to introduce you to these key concepts through the lens of feminist thought so you can understand the ways in which feminists have engaged, critiqued, and developed the work of other philosophers and theorists, and to ask you to reflect on knowledge more generally. Our knowledge is formed from various sources, some quite explicit and clear, others more subtle. As we engage in this reflection, I will ask you to consider the role of knowledge and the role of wisdom in your own life through the lens of feminist philosophy and thought. Offered: jointly with PHIL 206/POL S 212.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
lecture and sections
Class assignments and grading
short writing assignments and short-answer midterm and final
participation in sections writing an women activist midterm and final