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7AAN2019 Gender & Philosophy

THIS MODULE IS NOT RUNNING IN 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 OR 2016-17

Credit value: 20
Module tutor: Dr Daniel Came

  • Formative assessment: one 2,000–3,000-word essay, due by end of semester or as otherwise instructed
  • Summative assessment: one 4,000-word essay

Teaching pattern: one weekly one-hour lecture and one weekly one-hour seminar

2012-13 details

Semester: Semester one (Autumn)
Time: Thursday, 16:00-18:00
Room: TBA

This course will (1) offer the knowledge, skills and opportunity to think critically and analytically about gender and (2) introduce key philosophical advances that have arisen from thinking about gender. Since certain issues about race and class are closely related, these will make appearances too.

Topics may include:

  • A critical examination of theories about sex and gender, e.g. biologism and constructivism
  • Psychology of gender (e.g. bias, stereotype threat)
  • Science, technology and gender (including feminist arguments in bioethics, gendered technologies, construction of gender in research);
  • Family, work and parenting
  • Philosophy of language & gender (i.e. linguistic encoding of discriminatory attitudes; hate speech)
  • Epistemology and gender (i.e. epistemic injustice)
  • Objectification and sexuality (i.e. pornography, gendered norms of appearance)
  • Equality and Obligation

Learning outcomes

  • Knowledge and understanding of key concepts in gender studies (i.e. the distinction between sex and gender, social construction, social roles, bias, stereotype threat, etc)
  • Knowledge and understanding of key feminist arguments in analytic philosophy
  • Ability to read and understand philosophical texts
  • Ability to critically read texts that make gendered claims
  • Ability to understand, reconstruct, analyse and criticise philosophical argument
  • Ability to write a coherent, structured and focussed argumentative essay

Additional information

The initial lecture hour, 16:00–17:00, will be shared with students taking 6AANB039 Gender & Philosophy, but they will otherwise be subject to different requirements.

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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