PHIL20440 Feminism & Gender Justice

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces students to contemporary feminist ideas and key feminist debates, specifically feminist gender theory (including discussions of Queer Theory and Hegemonic Masculinity), and feminist political ethics (including systems of power and intersectionality) and theories of justice with a focus on decolonial feminism.

The lectures (powerpoint) and required reading will be available in advance on-line on the Brightspace learning platform. It is expected that students will engage with this material before our lecture time slot. When we meet for our lectures we will be able to have a lot of interactive discussion (breaking into smaller discussion groups at times) as the lecture will merely re-cap the key points of the lectures available on Brightspace and answer points that students find confusing, interesting, exciting or even objectionable in the lectures and readings.

Please note that there will also be tutorials which are integral to the module and are designed to support the learning outcomes.

We will focus on important areas of contention, debate and power struggles to see how feminist approaches to gender theory, feminist political ethics and justice issues are deployed.

If you are taking this module as an elective - you may be interested in pursuing a Structured Elective programme in Philosophy (this will entail taking two more Philosophy electives). Your University Transcript could show that you have a Structured Elective in Ethics and Society. See:

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should have developed their ability to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of various contemporary feminist theories and debates as they relate to current global issues of justice.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of key characteristics of feminist gender theory, political ethics and theories of justice.
3. Produce an interpretation of ideas relating to the study of feminism in the context of the social sciences and humanities.
4. Present scholarly ideas relating to relating to the study of feminism and justice in the context of the social sciences and humanities, and engage in discussion around them with both specialised and non-specialised audiences.
5. Write scholarly work to a standard appropriate to level 2 study.

Indicative Module Content:

This module surveys feminist gender theory (including discussions of Queer Theory and Hegemonic Masculinity), feminist political ethics (including intersectionality) and decolonial feminism.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is lecture-based with tutorials. Students are expected to participate in discussions with classmates as well as writing assignments that are either self-reflective pieces or critical research papers. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PHIL20510 - Feminist Legal Theory, SSJ20020 - Feminism & Gender Justice

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 2,500 word essay. Students must make at least 5 references to discussions at the tutorials and lectures, giving dates of the discussions. References must include page numbers/powerpoint slide number. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: 800 word written exercise Week 4 n/a Graded No


Seminar: Participation in learning activities at the tutorials Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The students are given a very detailed marking rubric in advance of the module's assessments and their feedback is given by way of a form that matches the rubric and allows also for detailed comments.

Name Role
Ms Kelly Agra Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ranier Abengana Tutor
Sonya Cotton Tutor
Ms Cathy Darling Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 15:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Thurs 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Wed 10:00 - 10:50