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Friday, February 21, 2014

Philosophy & Feminism course outline

Colleagues are comparing introductory syllabi in Feminism.  Mine was mid-level, second-year:

Required Texts:
1. Philosophy of Woman: An Anthology of Classic to Current Concepts, ed. by Mary Briody
Mahowald (Hackett pub.; 3rd edition, 1994) [Abbreviated POW in weekly schedule]
2. The Feminist Philosophy Reader, edited by Alison Bailey and Chris Cuomo (McGraw-Hill,
2007) [Abbreviated FPR in weekly schedule]
3. Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self, by Susan Brison (Princeton Univ. Press, 2003)
4. Other required readings on BlackBoard

Week-by-week schedule (subject to change; check My Learning System for updates):


Week 1
Thursday, Sept. 8
In-class reading and writing assignment

Week 2
Sept. 15
POW: Plato, and Aristotle.
Discussion-post 1 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 3
Sept. 22
POW: Rousseau, and Wollstonecraft

Week 4
Sept. 29
POW: The Bible, all selections (pp. 22 through 44)
Discussion-post 2 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 5
Oct. 6
In POW: Mill, “The Subjection of Women” 151-170, and in FPR: Marilyn  Frye, “Oppression,” 41-49

Week 6
Oct. 13
In POW: Kant, and in FPR: Alison Jaggar, “Love and Knowledge,” 687-705..
Discussion-post 3 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 7
Oct. 20
FPR, pp. 83-97: “Sex and Gender,” and Simone de Beauvoir’s intro to 2nd Sex
Fall Short Paper due Friday, Oct. 21 by 4:45 p.m.
Residential Reading
and Laboratory Week. 
Classes resume Mon., Oct. 31.
Week 8
Nov. 3
FPR, pp. 1-12 and 51-61: “On Psychological Oppression,” by Sandra lee Bartky

Week 9
Nov. 10
FPR, pp. 97-107 and 241-249: Judith Butler and Chris Cuomo
Discussion-post 4 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 10
Nov. 17
FPR, pp. 124-144 and 69-80:
Anne Fausto-Sterling and Maria Lugones

Week 11
Nov. 24
FPR, pp. 669-687 and 49-51: Susan Bordo and Audre Lorde
Discussion-post 5 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 12
Dec. 1
FPR, pp.  344-355 and 249-259: Alison Bailey and Evelynn Hammonds
Fall Term Paper due Monday, Dec. 5 by 4:45 p.m.
Winter Vacation . 
Classes resume Monday,
January 9, 2012.
Week 1
Jan. 12
Introduction to feminist ethics.
In-class reading and writing
Week 2
Jan. 19
In FPR, 463-496: Carol Gilligan and Seyla Benhabib
Discussion-post 6 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 3
Jan. 26
Nel Noddings, on WebCT, and in FPR: 497-506 (Virginia Held)

Week 4
2/2
On WebCT: Card, “Against Marriage and Motherhood,” and in FPR: Hoagland, pp. 519-538.

Discussion-post 7 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 5
Feb. 9
FPR, pp. 567-583: “Feminist Political Philosophies” and Marilyn Friedman

Week 6
Feb. 16       
FPR, pp. 584-622: Eva Feder Kittay and Susan Moller Okin
Spring Short Paper due Friday, Feb. 17 by 4:45 p.m.
Residential Reading
and Laboratory Week. 
Classes resume Mon., Feb. 27.
Week 7
March 1
FPR: pp. 765-792: Nancy Tuana, “Coming to Understand”
Discussion-post 8 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 8
Mar. 8
On WebCT: Young, “Throwing Like a Girl,” and in FPR: Ann Cahill, pp. 810-826

Week 9
Mar. 15
Aftermath, Chapters 1 and 2
Discussion-post 9 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 10
Mar. 22
Sally Haslanger speaks this week as the Ryle Lecturer!  See WebCT for her paper.
Discussion-post 10 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 11
Mar. 29
Aftermath, Chapters 3 and 4
Discussion-post 11 due by 10a.m. on Wednesday before class
Week 12
Apr. 5
Aftermath, Chapters 5 and 6
FINAL PROJECT DUE MONDAY, APR. 9
Type of Assignment
Weighting

Intellectual Journal
10 %
These will be handed in as part of the final project, but graded separately.
“Ten Best” Discussion Board posts (out of eleven)
30 %
Selected Wednesdays by 10 a.m.
Fall Short Paper
10 %
Electronic files only
Fall Term Paper
15 %
Electronic files only
Spring Short Paper
10 %
Electronic files only
Final project, including a paper on readings of March and April, and a ‘write-up’ based on your journal.

25 %
Hard copy only

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