Philosophy and Feminism

Overview

Feminism is a political movement which aims to end the oppression of women. Feminist philosophy is concerned with theoretical investigations of central concepts and methodologies which are meant to support the pursuit of feminist agendas.

The course addresses key questions in feminist philosophy such as the following: What is to be a ‘woman’? What is gender? How does gender interact with other features, such as race, class, and sexuality? Do men and women have distinctive ways of acting and knowing? What is gender injustice? Do sex and pornography subordinate women? Does capitalism essentially rely on patriarchy?

Programme details

Courses starts: 27 January 2023

Week 1: Feminism and Philosophy

Week 2: Sex and Gender

Week 3: Intersectionality: Sex/gender, Race, Class, etc.

Week 4: Feminist Phenomenology of Gender and Lived Experience

Week 5: Gendered Bodies

Week 6:  Knowledge and Objectivity

Week 7: Postmodernism and Feminism

Week 8: Epistemic Injustice

Week 9: Moral justification and Autonomy

Week 10: Liberalism and Feminism

Certification

Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from the January 1st after the current full academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee £238.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00

Tutor

Dr Roxana Baiasu

Roxana is Philosophy Tutor in the Department, Lecturer in Philosophy at Stanford University in Oxford,  Associate Member of the Philosophy Faculty, Oxford University.  She has published in the areas of European philosophy, feminist philosophy and, more recently, phenomenology of illness, vulnerability and wellbeing. 

Course aims

  • To introduce students to core issues in feminism and philosophy
  • To develop an understanding of some of the key debates in feminist philosophy
  • To critically study certain contemporary texts often dealing with topical or controversial feminist topics
  • To encourage students to think analytically about issues in feminist metaphysics, epistemology, moral and political philosophy.
  • To develop an awareness of how feminist analysis can contribute to our understanding of ourselves and the social world around us.

Teaching methods

Interactive presentations leaving plenty of space for questions and discussion. Students will be asked to read certain texts in preparation for each session.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be expected to have attained and demonstrated by performance in class and submission of course work:

  • an understanding of some of the most important ideas and methodologies in feminist philosophy, and of core problems that are debated in the area
  • an understanding of what makes feminist philosophy distinctive, and of  what is at issue in debates in feminist metaphysics, epistemology, and moral and political philosophy
  • the ability to articulate this understanding through clear, concise and critical arguments.

Assessment methods

Students submitting coursework can choose to submit either three 500-word pieces during the course in response to questions on class material, or an essay of 1500 words at the end of the course (which may be preceded by an initial plan or other formative piece of 500 words for guidance).

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form - Declaration of Authorship form

Application

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

No previous experience of philosophy is required to do this course.

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)