Philosophy of Feminism I (PHIL*2060) | College of Arts

Philosophy of Feminism I (PHIL*2060)

Code and section: PHIL*2060*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Karen Wendling


This course provides an introduction to philosophical issues in feminism and feminist issues in philosophy. In the first part of the course, we look briefly at some philosophical issues in the
history and development of feminist theory and movements. Following that, we look at second-wave feminist theory and philosophy. The last part of the course covers feminist issues
that arise in the discipline of philosophy, focusing on issues of sex and gender.

Evaluation (tentative):
Best 2 of 3 short papers, 35% each;
A take-home final exam, 30%.

The course will be asynchronous. Lectures will be posted twice a week, and I will hold office hours on Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  Some of the lectures may be replace or supplemented with videos or films.  There may be optional synchronous discussions.

There is no textbook for this course; readings will be available online through the library.

Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.