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2013 HAF219 Feminist Philosophy

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HAF319

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This unit will explore feminist contributions to epistemology, or the study of knowledge, ethics, and metaphysics (understandings of the nature of reality). We will examine whether and under what circumstances knowledge is gender-neutral, and whether (and when) the sex of the knower makes a difference. We will ask if women's moral assumptions and judgements actually differ from men's. In the final section of the unit we will analyse various conceptions of reality as interconnected and interdependent, making explicit the ways in which this understanding of reality supports different feminist claims about ethics and epistemology.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 1,000-word essay (15%), 2,500-word essay (35%), class participation (10%), 2-hr exam (40%)

TEACHING PATTERN: 1-hr lecture, 1-hr seminar, weekly; 1-hr tutorial weekly (13 wks)

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - L,H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
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Prereq two first year units in either Gender Studies or Philosophy

STAFF: Dr. Lucy Tatman

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