This is an introductory course that applies the tools and methods of analytic philosophy to feminist issues. The course readings will frequently offer conflicting proposals, so students will be expected to engage with heated debates on controversial issues. Throughout the course, students will cultivate the skills needed to understand positions on differing sides of controversial issues.
These topics of the course are unified by an overarching goal of understanding what the goal of gender equality is and how it operates in relation to various forms of individual and structural forms of oppression. The course will also consider the role of recent social movements aimed at eradicating gendered inequality.
Course readings, class discussions, and written assignments will focus broadly on the following topics:
Module 1: Intersectional Feminism
What is intersectional feminism? And how does it differ from other approaches to feminist theory?
Module 2: Sexism and Misogyny
What is sexism? What is Misogyny? And how do they operate in the social world?
Module 3: Reproductive Rights and Abortion
What is the relationship between bodily autonomy and consent?
Should abortion be legal? (Case Study: Recent “Heartbeat” Bills)
Module 4: Consent and Sexual Autonomy
Is consent enough for sex to go well ethically? What does ethical sex require?
Module 5: Solidarity and Social Movements
What is the role of solidarity and social movements aimed at ameliorating gendered inequality? Do social movements like #MeToo and the Women’s March help to achieve gender justice? If so, how?
Each day students are required to read 1-2 articles or book chapters. In doing so, students will engage with core texts in contemporary analytic philosophy.
Students will develop essential analytic skills required to excel in various college-level courses, especially writing-intensive courses in the humanities and social sciences. Students will develop the capacity to construct and evaluate challenging arguments on a range of diverse topics, and will also develop the skills needed to be critically engaged, autonomous, and independent thinkers.
This course is appropriate for any high school student. A background in philosophy is not necessary to succeed in this course. I only ask that students come to class ready to participate with an open mind and a respectful willingness to reflect upon challenging philosophical arguments and ideas!
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.