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Module Title LI Feminist Political Ideas
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 29303
Module Lead Laura Jenkins
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions L2 students only
Description This module examines the historical development and diversity of feminist political ideas, concentrating on the way in which feminist thought has challenged traditional political theory. Attention will be given to the exclusion of feminist thinkers from the canon of Western thought and the specific ways in which feminist thinkers have revised and expanded understanding of significant political concepts (such as ‘the political’, gender, equality, justice, sex, reproduction, labour, property, contract, rights and capabilities, care, identity, emotion, reason, representation and the family). Students will analyse key traditions such as liberal feminism; Marxist and socialist feminism; radical feminism; care-focused feminism; postcolonial feminism; black feminism; social constructionism; and postmodern/poststructural feminism. In so doing, students will consider the issue of what constitutes feminism, and who (or what) forms the proper subject of feminist analysis. In order to reflect that feminist theory is necessarily engaged, the module will also explore both the distinctive methodological and pedagogical practices proposed by feminists and the application of theory to a range of substantive areas.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of key strands of feminist political theory Critically reflect on feminist methodological and pedagogical practice Evaluate how feminist thinkers have challenged and revised traditional political ideas Analyse contemporary political issues using feminist ideas
Assessment 29303-01 : 1,500 Word Reflection Paper : Coursework (25%)
29303-02 : 2,500 Word Essay : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 1 x 1500 reflective autobiographical paper (25%) 1 x 2500 word essay (75%)
Reassessment: 1 x 2500 word essay (75%)
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