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Feminist Philosophy PHIL5097

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This is an MSc-level course in Feminist Philosophy, one which explores classic and contemporary themes in feminist philosophy. Such themes include, but are not limited to, feminist perspectives on sex and gender, objectification, the body, the self, power, autonomy, disability, discrimination and injustice (including testimonial and hermeneutical injustice).


6 x fortnightly 2-hour seminar

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

Excluded Courses





Essay (5,000 words): 100%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Develop students' undergraduate level understanding of Feminist Philosophy to a level which allow them to engage with contemporary positions and arguments in the field.

■ Enable students to articulate and critically evaluate their own position within these contemporary issues

■ Provide a foundation in this field for future engagement in original research in Feminist Philosophy

■ Provide the opportunity to achieve a foundation that equips the student for research leading to a Ph.D. in the issues connected with philosophical method.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Explain the leading contemporary positions and arguments in a key area or areas within Feminist Philosophy 

■ Articulate arguments for and against these theories, and compare them and critically

■ Recognise and incorporate contemporary positions and arguments in Feminist Philosophy into their own developing research fields where relevant

■ Develop an original philosophical argument in at least one subfield of Feminist Philosophy

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.