Feminist Philosophies: an introductory guide ADED12022E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Feminism has long contributed to the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. This course introduces students to the ways in which reflection on feminist thought can inform philosophical issues. The content will focus on some of the key debates in feminist philosophy, drawing from areas such as metaphysics (the nature of reality and being), philosophy of language (why it matters, what it impacts) and epistemology (ways of knowing). Through a series of talks and discussions, this course will focus on a range of feminist texts, ideas and debates that have had a lasting impact on how we think across a range of disciplines.


Block 4,

2 hours, 10 weeks

Wednesday, 19:00-21:00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





5-minute recorded presentation (or written commentary of 500 words) (25%). 


Essay (1,500 words) (75%).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to some of the key debates in feminist philosophy

■ Develop students' analytical skills through critical engagement with several key texts and ideas

■ Discuss the significance of feminism for various philosophical debates

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify and describe some of the key debates in feminist philosophy

■ Analyse and compare feminist philosophical discourse with reference to key texts

■ Apply a feminist approach to a specific philosophical debate and describe its significance

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.