Hypatia's Daughters

Ref: C2226631

Throughout the ages philosophy has been dominated by men and they still outnumber women in the academy by about five to one. This course will look at lives, ideas and legacies of some female thinkers, philosophers and divines past and present. Starting with the ancient world (e.g. Hypatia, Theodora, Hilda), moving to medieval times (e.g.Heloise, Hildegard), on through the enlightenment (e.g.Conway, Wollstonecraft) and then to modernity (e.g. Warnock, Murdoch, Weil) we will also include contributors to science (Garret-Anderson) and feminism (Arendt, Davis, Daly). Why was it said that women were the 'weaker vessel' or regarded as unable to learn, lead or teach? Who are the key players in challenging such androcentrism?

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 19/02/2020

Course aim

HYPATIA'S DAUGHTERS An introduction to important WOMEN philosophers, thinkers and divines from ancient to modern times.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe and discuss female thinkers of the ancient world e.g. Hypatia
  • Describe and discuss female thinkers of the middle ages e.g. Hildegaard
  • Describe and discuss female thinkers of the enlightenment period e.g. Wollstonecraft
  • Describe and discuss female thinkers of modernity e.g. Warnock
  • Describe and discuss a female scientist or feminist e.g. Garret-Anderson/Daly

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Hypatia's Daughters

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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