PHIL 694: Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL 694-DL3: Spec Topics Contemp Philosophy
(Spring 2021)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T


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Section Information for Spring 2021

PHIL 694 - DL3: Special Topics in Contemporary Philosophy: Feminist Ecopolitics —  04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T – Online

Instructor: Dr. R. Lewis

This course offers an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of feminist animal studies. Topics and issues we will examine during the course of the semester include second wave feminist debates about the relationship between women, animals and environmental justice; the sexual politics of meat; black veganism; the connections between disability rights and animal liberation; post-humanist perspectives on gender, race and animal rights; queer and trans* animacies; and postcolonial and transnational feminist approaches to animal rights. We will discuss literature on feminism and animal rights from a range of disciplines, including women’s and gender studies, queer studies, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, critical legal studies, and media and cultural studies, to name a few. In doing so, our primary goal will be to gain a better understanding of the ways in which animal rights discourses intersect with questions around gender, sexuality, race, class, nation, ability, and political economy. Other course goals include the following: 

(1)          To get a sense of the potential scope of feminist, queer and anti-racist approaches to animal rights and become familiar with their language, theories, and methods of critical engagement

(2)          To consider what kinds of connections exist (or should exist) between the field of animal studies and animal rights activism

(3)          To become familiar with feminist, queer, intersectional, post-humanist and transnational perspectives on animal rights

(4)          To gain a better understanding of the intersections among animal oppression and speciesism, sexism and heteronormativity, ableism and disability discrimination, racism and classism, and capitalism and imperialism

For students in the Ethics and Public Affairs concentration (ETPA), this course can be used to fulfill 3 credits of the 9-credit Ethics requirement (substituting for PHIL 643, Environmental Ethics); or it can be used as an elective.

For students in the Traditional and Contemporary Philosophy focus (TC), this course can be used to fulfill the contemporary philosophy requirement; or it can be used as an elective.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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