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Semester 1

Contemporary Feminist Debates (SSPS10001)


Social and Political Studies





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Visiting students must have passed at least 2 social science courses (i.e. Sociology, Politics/International Relations, Social Policy, Public Policy, Social Anthropology, Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Queer Studies, African Studies, American Studies) at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Please note that spaces on SSPS 3rd year courses are limited so enrolment cannot be guaranteed.

Course Summary

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to gender studies and feminism. Drawing on expertise from across the social sciences at the University of Edinburgh, the course enables students to develop a thoroughgoing understanding of different feminisms (e.g. liberal, black feminism, decolonial feminism, ecofeminism), feminist social and political theory/theorizing, and contemporary feminist debates. It also introduces students to key themes which are pervasive across debates (e.g. questions of equality, (in)justice, voice, epistemology) and encourages critical instrumentalisation of these themes in their own work.

Course Description

As the course is research led and team taught, the precise topics covered changes from year to year, but may include: definitions of sex and gender, intersectionality, sex-work/prostitution, sex and gender based violence, climate change, menstruation, masculinities, disability, the family, and coloniality. Parts of the course require students to undertake non-traditional tasks (e.g. reflexivity, creative writing).

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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