Major Idea and Arguments
UNIT 1: Thinking about Women’s Studies
The unit discussed key topics on women’s studies have been perceived by feminist scholars and other. There was omission, distortion and trivialization of information that needs to be addressed when it comes to understanding women’s studies. Women’s studies as Unit 1 presents can be viewed as a discipline tied women empowerment and still it can also be more than that. There have also been many challenges when it comes to women’s studies which have been imposed because of conformity issues and in order to appreciate the true value of women’s studies it is necessary to approach it with a more holistic point of view.
UNIT 2: Epistemology – How Do We know?
There are some dominant concepts when it comes to women’s studies and it is necessary to challenge the premises based on which the dominant concepts exist. This unit engages in the philosophy of epistemology where source, nature and the limitations of knowledge are taught.
UNIT 3: Subjugated Knowledges
The purpose of this unit was to learn what subjugated knowledge is and how they are made known in the feminist standpoint. The subjugated knowledges refer to that knowledge that has been erased or silenced because of the dominant knowledge spheres in which they existed. The unit creates an awareness of the faults of double vision.
UNIT 4: Postmodern Critiques of Knowledge
The feminist standpoint theory is examined in more detail in this unit along with an understanding of the concepts of postmodernism and post modernistic epistemology. The feminist standpoint and the epistemic advantage if actually created because of the perspective that one will develop when understanding the dominant and subjugated points of view. The feminist viewpoint travels a slippery slope as presented in this unit as it will have to balance between making absolute truths and also because it has to consider relativism for understanding the truth. A true feminist viewpoint can hence not be post modernistic. The postmodern viewpoint advocates that there is always a movement towards change in the knowledge sphere. This is a space where one will not be able to continue as one is.