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Feminist Philosophy


Admission requirements

Required course(s):

None, though completion of Global Challenges: Diversity, History of Philosophy, and Introduction to Gender Studies might be useful.


This course is an introduction to contemporary feminist theory from a philosophical perspective. It aims to get students acquainted with the main contributions of feminist scholarship to ethics and political) philosophy. We will begin by exploring what feminism is and how it relates to certain key concepts (such as gender, patriarchy, equality, discrimination, and oppression). We will learn about varieties of feminist thought across different philosophicall traditions (including Liberalism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism, and Anarchism) and relate these to contemporary debates concerning identity, race, care, economic, political and social inequality. Classical texts are read and extensively discussed in class so that students can critically assess, analyse and discuss various perspectives and paradigms in feminist philosophy.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss in-depth and critically read feminist philosophy

  • Compare, critique and place various perspectives of feminist philosophy in their historical context

  • Critically understand, discuss and assess texts. Use these texts for fruitful and conscientious discussion and connect them with theoretical and practical debates surrounding feminism.


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2023-2024 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

Combination of lectures and work groups.

Assessment Method

  • A 2500 word-essay on a topic of the student’s choice (related to the course) (45%)

  • Midterm assignment (45%)

  • Presence and Participation (10%)

Reading list

The course material will be made available on Brightspace.


Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,


Dr. Rozemund Uljée,