Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3217: Feminist Political Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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:

Part I: 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


Part II: Feminist Critiques of Liberalism

Relational Autonomy

The Social Contract and the Sexual Contract

Feminist Critiques of Capitalism 

Human Rights and Women’s Rights


Part III: 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 and Teaching Activities4422 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study94Preparing for seminars, reading, and research
Guided Independent Study162Completing assessment tasks: reading, research, and writing.

Online Resources

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