Undergraduate Module Descriptor


POL3217: Feminist Political Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level6
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sarah Lucas (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

This course offers a broad overview of feminist theory and addresses questions such as “What does it mean to be a feminist?”, “Why do we need feminism?”, and “What role should feminism play in politics?”  We will trace the emergence of feminist politics from the 20th century to the present day and identify some of the debates that have arisen within feminism itself. We will illustrate the importance of feminist challenges to mainstream political theory (with a focus on feminist challenges to liberalism).  Finally, we will explore a plurality of promising feminist approaches to politics and political engagement.  We will touch on feminist approaches to a variety of disciplines, including political theory, political science, philosophy, and international relations.  No prior knowledge of feminism is necessary, but some prior work in political theory would be useful.

Module created

29/05/2017

Last revised