Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3213: Feminist Political Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

Foundations of Feminist Political Theory

  • What is Patriarchy?
  • The Second Wave: Equality and Difference
  • The Third Wave: Identity Politics and Gender Identity
  • The Fourth Wave?: Intersectionality

Feminist Critiques of Liberalism

  • Relational Autonomy
  • The Social Contract and the Sexual Contract
  • Feminist Critiques of Capitalism 
  • Human Rights and Women’s Rights

Alternative Feminist Politics

  • Naming Injustice and Identifying Privilege
  • Care Ethics and Emotional Labour
  • Re-Imagining Political Theory

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study47Preparing for seminars: reading and research.
Guided Independent Study81Completing assessment tasks: reading, research, and writing.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).