PHIL/WGST 275.01W – Moral and Philosophical Issues of Gender in Society*

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Instructor: Zach Thornton. This course meets MTWRF 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. via synchronous remote instruction.

*This course has been specifically designed for online instruction.

This course is an introduction to philosophical issues regarding gender and society. We will learn about important concepts in feminist theory, including gender, gender-based oppression, and intersectionality. With these concepts, we will study ethical, political, and philosophical issues central to contemporary feminism. Topics that we will discuss include: What is the nature of gender? What does it mean to be gender queer? What is intersectional feminism? How do we live a feminist life?

Students will learn about this material by engaging with their peers in class discussions, online forums, and peer feedback, all of which will be firmly grounded in assigned readings. No particular background in philosophy or gender studies is presupposed. Intellectual curiosity and ability to engage with your peers in open and respectful dialogue are required.