Christia is absolutely amazing. Besides possessing a wealth of knowledge in different areas of philosophy, she's one of those professors that truly cares about her students and will encourage them every step of the way. She's not afraid to voice her opinions in lecture, especially about politics (as some have already stated). This may bother some students, but I found her openness very refreshing and endearing. She's very clear about who she is and what she stands for, which goes a long way in making her more approachable as a person and mentor.

Philosophy and Feminism provided a good introduction to philosophy, as well as the changing attitudes about sex and gender throughout history. She said on the first class that the course was Philosophy AND Feminism, not Philosophy OF Feminism or Feminism IN Philosophy. She definitely stuck with this idea, as the course began with philosophical ideas (think Plato) and eventually turned more sociological near the end (like discussing the Prison Industrial Complex or Anita Hill case). The class was definitely geared towards more introductory students, as all of the papers had very clear and direct prompts and the class consisted of a midterm and final with passage IDs (which usually doesn't happen in upper-level philosophy courses).

That being said, I'd definitely recommend the class to other philosophy majors (as well as other students), as Christia covered a lot of very complicated texts (like Judith Butler's Gender Trouble or Foucault's History of Sexuality), albeit at a very approachable level for the rest of the class. Regardless, the choices in her syllabus are definitely worth reading, and if you're interested delving further, going to office hours to meet with Christia about them. Also I don't think I would have been introduced to such a sheer diversity of topics in another philosophy course (epistemic justice, objectivity in science, discourse-power, feminist epistemology, prison industrial complex, Augustine's impact on feminism, performative gender, etc etc). Christia does a very great job of weaving these ideas together.

Christia definitely wanted all of her students to succeed and actually take away something from the course. I'm not sure about the exact grading distribution, but I think it's very likely that if you put in effort and genuinely think about these texts and ideas (as you should be doing anyway), you'll do well in this course -- and hopefully leave having become a more aware person.

Also if you're given the chance, take a seminar with her too! She's great in lecture, but she is even better in smaller more intimate setting (as are most professors).

As a last note, Christia shares this Foucault quote a lot in class, where Foucault says his philosophy is like a toolbox and he "writes for users, not readers." This is definitely the focus of Christia's class and she leaves all her students very well-prepared to apply the knowledge gained from this class to various different fields and aspects of life. In short, TAKE THIS CLASS.

Also shoutout to TA Conor Cullen! He's great, helpful, kind, and made himself readily available to his students!

Workload:

-- 3 essays (1 page single spaced, 1 page single spaced, 3-4 pages double spaced) about a very specific topic. She literally gives you the texts to use (sometimes even passages) and the general argument to make. The essays, I think, are more to show you understand these ideas and how different texts relate to each other

--1 midterm, very early in the semester. Basically identify some passage IDs, pick 3-4 and write about what they mean, how they fit into the argument, etc. 10% of grade. The purpose of the midterm is to encourage you to keep up with readings early on and get a better sense of what the final will be

--1 final, more passage IDs, identify ~10 of them, analyze 5, and then write a personal essay using different texts. I liked the idea of a personal essay, and it really reinforced her desire for us to think more deeply and personally about the texts we were reading

--10 posts: these are 200-300 words each about something you saw in the world and how it related to what we've discussed in class. Very cool idea to encourage us to think about the texts outside of class. Can pace them out however you want, but 10 by the last day of class