Christine Di Stefano
POL S 212
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/GWSS 206.
Description: Students will be able to define and apply the term "feminism." They will also develop a working knowledge of the diversity, sometimes complementary, at other times antagonistic, of various feminisms. They will acquire an understanding of the philosophical legacies of contemporary feminisms, and they will be able to identify these legacies in contemporary feminist discourse. Reading, writing, and critical thinking skills will be enhanced for students who take this class.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, with time for Q&A, will be the standard format for classes on Mondays and Wednesdays. Quiz sections, with more opportunity for student discussion in smaller groups, will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
There are no prerequisites for this class. However, this class is not open to first-year students.
Class assignments and grading
In addition to weekly reading assignments, there will be two short paper assignments (3-5 pp.), a take-home midterm exam, and a comprehensive final exam.
Grading: Participation in quiz section discussions may help to raise the final grade, which will be based on the two exams (50%) and two paper assignments.