PHIL/WGST 275.001 – Moral and Philosophical Issues of Gender in Society

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Instructor: Alex Campbell. This course meets MWF 8:00 – 8:50 a.m. via synchronous remote instruction.

This course is an introduction to the moral and philosophical issues of gender in society. The first half of the course will provide an overview of the concepts of sexism, oppression, privilege, intersectionality, sex, and gender. These concepts will serve as a framework as we move forward in the course studying the ways that power and domination manifest through our gendered relations and across identities. Topics in the second half of the course include femininity and masculinity, emotional labor, objectification, pornography, misogyny, domestic violence, intimidation, rape, epistemic injustice, and gaslighting. Time permitting, we will end the course by briefly considering the topic of resisting oppression.

Content Warning: It is in the nature of a course focused on gender that many of the topics discussed will be especially difficult for students from a variety of backgrounds. These topics include but are not limited to sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimidation, domestic violence, rape, psychological descriptions of instances of oppression, suicide, female genital mutilation, mass shootings, and police brutality. If you have any concerns about any elements of the course, or if there is any way that we can together make things easier to bear, please contact me by email.