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Level 6

6AANB039 Gender & Philosophy


Credit value: 15
Module tutor: TBC


  • Summative assessment: 1 x 3,000 word essays (100%)
  • Formative assessment: 1 x 2,500 word essay


  • Summative assessment: 2 x 2,500 word essays (50% each)
  • Formative assessment: 1 x 2,500 word essay

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: one one-hour weekly lecture and one one-hour weekly seminar over ten weeks.
Pre-requisites: none (however, this module is designed for students who have studied some philosophy already).

This module offers students the opportunity to think critically and analytically about gender. It is also an opportunity to consider the ways in which critical analysis of gender-related issues might contribute to philosophy as a discipline. In pursuing these aims, it will engage with a wide selection of philosophical debates relating to gender across a range of areas within the discipline. 


Further information

Module aims
  • To offer the knowledge, skills and opportunity to think critically and analytically about gender

  • To examine how specific philosophical debates across multiple areas including Political Philosophy, the History of Philosophy, and Philosophy of Science, might be transformed or advanced by examining their relation to gender and gender issues. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students will be able to demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicable skills appropriate to a Level 6 module and in particular will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and understanding of key themes, topics and debates relevant to the study of gender and philosophy.

  • Knowledge and understanding of key feminist arguments in philosophy.

  • The ability to understand, reconstruct, analyse and criticise philosophical arguments

Past syllabi

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.

Indicative reading list

Suggested preliminary reading (not compulsory):

  • Fricker, Miranda (2009) Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • Hooks, Bell (1987) Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism (Pluto Press).
  • Langton, Rae (2009) Sexual Solipsism: Philosophical Essays on Pornography and Objectification (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • Okin, Susan Moller (1989) Justice, Gender, and the Family (New York: Basic Books).
  • Pateman, Carole (1988) The Sexual Contract (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press).
  • Saul, Jennifer (2003) Feminism: Issues and Arguments (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • Thomson, Judith Jarvis (1971) ‘A Defense of Abortion’, Philosophy and Public Affairs 1, pp. 47–66.


The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

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