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Christine Di Stefano
GWSS 206
Seattle Campus

Philosophy of Feminism

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.

Class description

This course will offer a selective introduction to a variety of philosophies of feminism. Students will be encouraged to develop a working knowledge of the diversity (sometimes complementary, at other times antagonistic) of philosophies of feminism, along with an understanding of what marks them all as "feminist." This course has no prerequisites and is suitable for non-majors.

Student learning goals

Students will understand what the term "feminism" means and what purposes it serves in political and intellectual projects.

Students' reading, writing, and analytical skills will be strenghtened.

Students' reading, writing, oral communication and analytical skills will be strengthened in this class.

Students will learn how to use and analyze data on women's and girls' status and situation in societies.

Students will be able to identify and utilize a variety of philosophical and theoretical approaches to feminist topics and concerns.

Students will learn about the varieties of women's experiences and challenges, as these are shaped by factors such as race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and location in the global world order.

Students who choose the Service Learning Option will acquire valuable experience in an organization working for feminist goals.

General method of instruction

Lecture/Discussion

Recommended preparation

None.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include short papers (5 pages or less), essay exams, and oral presentations.

Grades will be assigned on the basis of short papers, essay exams, oral presentations, and performance in quiz sections.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Christine Di Stefano
Date: 11/05/2013