Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3217: Feminist Political Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Kate Goldie Townsend (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


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.

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