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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Topics in Feminist Philosophy
Module Code TP327
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Ian Leask
Semester 2: Ian Leask
Autumn: Ian Leask
Module TeachersIan Leask
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module introduces students to some of the main issues and questions in feminist philosophy; it also invites students to consider how these issues and questions can inform other aspects of philosophical investigation. Among other topics, the module addresses: debates regarding sex and gender; questions regarding ‘essentialism’ and whether subjectivity is always gendered; questions regarding gendered conceptions of reason, embodiment and the emotions; and feminist reconfigurations of the philosophical canon.

Learning Outcomes

1. comprehend central issues and themes in feminist philosophy
2. engage in close analysis and interpretation of important philosophical texts
3. understand the wider social, political and cultural significance of themes and issues in feminist philosophy
4. construct their own arguments in discussions, and present arguments and ideas in written form
5. synthesize a relevant range of concepts and interpretations to form a coherent overview of the wider field

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Defining feminist philosophy

Sex and Gender
Issues and debates on culture, biology, and their interaction

Selfhood and Gender
Issues and debates on culture, biology, and their interaction

Essentialism (?)
What defines 'woman'?

Feminist Perspectives
Reason, Knowledge, Emotions

Re-thinking the Canon
Feminist History of Philosophy

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Lilli Alanen and Charlotte Witt, (eds.): 2004, Feminist Reflections on the History of Philosophy, Kluwer,
  • Amy Allen: 1999, The Power of Feminist Theory: Domination, Resistance, Solidarity, Westview,
  • Hannah Arendt: 1958, The Human Condition, Chicago,
  • Susan Bordo: 1993, Unbearable Weight. Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Uni California Press,
  • Tina Chanter: 2006, Gender: Key Concepts in Philosophy, Continuum,
  • Alison Stone: 2007, An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy, Polity,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJHIBachelor of Arts (BAJHI)

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