Philosophy of Feminism II (PHIL*4060) | College of Arts

Philosophy of Feminism II (PHIL*4060)

Code and section: PHIL*4060*01

Term: Winter 2022

Instructor: Amber Spence


Method of Delivery:

This course will be taught on campus, in person, two days a week. Our class is scheduled to take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30-12:50.

Course Synopsis:

TRIGGER WARNING - This course offers an advanced survey of the philosophical literature on rape and analyzes it with a distinctly feminist perspective. We will cover a wide range of philosophical areas, such as moral philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysics, addressing problems of the self/personhood, injustice, moral wrongness and evil, and trauma. Please note that this course will entail detailed reading and discussions of rape, both the act itself as well as its aftermath and may be extremely triggering for some people. 

Assignments & Means of Evaluation:

Questions for Consideration (weekly reflections) – 20%
One Handout – 15%
Final Paper Outline – 10%
Paper Presentation – 15%
Final Paper – 40%

Required Textbooks:

Brison, Susan. Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self. Princeton University Press. 2001. ISBN: 9780691115702

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Orally Articulate and Defend a feminist-informed position on the philosophical literature on rape, both in class discussion and in a formal presentation, that is clear, accurate and well-reasoned.
  2. Develop research methods for gathering a wide range of primary and secondary source materials and synthesize these materials and evaluate their credibility.
  3. Demonstrate Independence in articulating an original approach to the topic of rape.
  4. Write clearly and cogently on complex problems in philosophy.
  5. Read extensively and systematically in the philosophical literature on rape.

* Please note:  This is a preliminary web course outline only.  The Philosophy Department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description.  The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.