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 political traditions (including Liberalism, 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, analyze and discuss various perspectives and paradigms in feminist philosophy. The class is reading-extensive, and students are expected to contribute to discussions both in-class and in the weekly Brightspace discussions.
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 2022-2023 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.
Mode of instruction
Combination of lectures (first hour) and workgroups (second hour).
Weekly Brightspace discussions (30%)
A 1200-essay on a topic of the student’s choice (related to the course) (20%)
A take-home exam in week 8 (40%)
Presence and participation (10%)
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, email@example.com.
Dr. Manuel Sá Valente, email TBA