Philosophy of Gender and Race

Course Level: 
Master’s
Doctoral
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Academic Year: 
2021-2022
Term: 
Fall
US Credits: 
2
ECTS Credits: 
4
Course Description: 

This course will examine recent controversies in the philosophy of gender and race, focusing on contemporary research within the analytic philosophical tradition. The first part of the course will center around the question, ‘What is gender?’. We will consider various answers to this question, including the view that gender is a social position, that it is an identity, that it is a conferred social status, that it is a historical kind, and that it is a biological category. The second part of the course will center around the question, ‘What is race?’. We will consider various answers to this question, including the view that race is not real, that it is biologically real, and that it is a social construct. In the third part of the course, we will examine different ways of construing the debate over what gender and race are.  

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon completing the course, students will gain an understanding of recent debates in the philosophy of gender and race. Students will be able to explain and critically evaluate some of the main competing accounts of gender and race in the philosophical literature, and they will be able to explain and critically evaluate different ways of construing these debates. Students will also be able to articulate and defend their own views on these issues in a rigorous and thoughtful way. 

Assessment: 

For students taking the course for a Grade:  

  • One in-class group presentation, 7-10 minutes in length: 15%. Over the course of the term, students will give a presentation on one of the course readings in groups of 2-3. The presentation must involve some critical evaluation of the author’s arguments. It may also relate the reading to current events and/or raise several questions for discussion. Students will sign up for a group presentation at the beginning of the term.   
  • One in-class individual presentation, 4-5 minutes in length: 15%. On the last day of class, students will give a short presentation on their final paper. The presentation should summarize the main thesis and argument of the paper. 
  • Final paper, 2000 words in length: 70%. The final paper will be due on the first day of the Winter term, Monday, January 10, 2022. Students will be required to submit a 1-page paper proposal in Week 9.  
  • Excellent class participation will boost the final grade in borderline cases. 

 

For students taking the course for an Audit:  

  • Regular class attendance and participation.  
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