Louis Community College Florissant Valley
Arts Seminar: Woman's Studies
Instructor: Ana P.
Building 133, (314)595-2292
- M 12:00 noon-5:00
- W 12:00 noon-2:00
- TTH 12:30-2:00
Required Text: M.
Frye, The Politics of Reality
All other readings will be on reserve at the Library.
An interdisciplinary introduction to philosophical inquiry through an
examination of writings by feminist philosophers. Guest speakers from
disciplines other than philosophy will discuss how the issues raised
by the philosophical literature are related to women's issues addressed
in other areas of expertise, including Art, Literature, Anthropology,
Political Science, Law, and Advertising.
When you have mastered the material in this class, you should
be able to
- State orally or in written
form the reasons the different philosophers we studied give for identifying
women's issues the way they do.
- Identify and describe
the traditions to which the different philosophers we studied belong.
- Discuss, in writing and
orally, the ways in which different disciplines describe, study, or
explain issues related to women's experience.
- Have a better appreciation
of the differing goals and approaches of different disciplines addressing
the same subject matter.
- Join the interdiciplinary
dialogue by saying or writing down yor well-reasoned views on the
I expect each student to attend all scheduled class meetings. However,
merely attending class will result in neither a passing grade nor extra-
You will demonstrate your mastery of the material in the course by completing
at four written assignments.
- Three assignments covering
the philosophy parts of the course. The three assignments are in-class
tests. Each test will consist of True or False questions, short-answer
questions, and brief essay questions. The tests will be graded based
on thoroughness (did you answer all the questions and cover all the
relevant material?, accuracy (did your answers show mastery of the
material or did they include errors?), clarity (did you present the
material in a way that made sense? Did you move smoothly from one
point to the next point?), and thoughtfulness (did you raise points
in your discussion that show you spent time considering the material
- Brief-answer or T/F quizzes
on each guest lecturer's material or
philosophy material: dates of quizzes will be announced in class.
- Each test will constitute
1/5th of your grade. The cumulative grades on the quizzes will constitute
2/5th of your grade. A borderline grade will be helped by contributions
to class discussions.
The following grading scale
will be used:
| 80 - 89%
| 70 - 79%
| 60 - 69%
- Mastering the material
in this class requires sustained reading and writing. We will
be spending a considerable portion of class time discussing major
sections of the assigned readings. I expect each student to come to
class prepared to engage in thoughtful discussion of the material
assigned for that day. I also expect each student to finish on his/her
own all sections of the assigned readings not discussed in class.
- Honors students
need to fill the appropriate honors contract and are expected, in
addition to fulfilling all other requirements, to complete a term
paper. The honors contract will specify the kind of paper you are
expected to complete.
can be arranged for any student registered with the access office.
Please see me as soon as possible so that we can make appropriate
The following is a
tentative schedule of readings. To accommodate to our needs
as the semester progresses in the philosophy sections of this class,
we might be on occasion, a few readings behind or a few readings ahead,
or we might add a new article to our class discussion. It is the
responsibility of each member of the class to keep informed of any changes
in the course.
Utilitarianism (J.S. Mill)
Kant's Moral Theory
Virtue Ethics (Aristotle)
Aristotle, Kant, and Mill, On The Nature of Women
J. Rawls, Justice as Fairness
- February 22
Carol Gilligan, Moral Orientation and Moral Development
M. Friedman, Beyond Caring, The Demoralization of Gender
Susan Moller Okin, Justice and Gender
M. Nussbaum, The Intelligence of Emotions
R. Iyob, Madamism and Beyond: The Construction of Eritrean Women
- March 29
The Problem that Has No Name
On Being White: Toward a Feminist Understanding of Race and Race
III - May 10