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THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO

DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
Philosophy 2077G: Gender and Sexuality – Kerry McKenzie

Syllabus
REVISED as of March 25th; readings on sexuality now finalized.
Course Description: In this class we will explore the concepts of sex, gender and sexuality as they are lived and experienced as well as theorized. Topics include: expressions of gender, including femininities and masculinities; biological determinism and social construction of gender differences; challenges to binary models of sex/gender/sexuality; transgender politics; the moral and psychological dimensions of sexual orientations and practices; and social impacts of gender norms and representations.

Course Objectives:


  1. To develop students’ abilities to make and critique philosophical arguments;

  2. To familiarize students with some relevant debates in feminist / queer theory and the practical ethics of sexuality, and understand the complexity of these debates;

  3. To enable students to articulate and revise their own position in relation to these debates;

  4. To encourage students to recognize and critically engage with contributions to these debates in academic literature and popular media.


REQUIREMENTS
First essay, 6-7 pages (due Feb. 25) 32%

Second essay, 4-5 pages (due Mar. 20) 25%

Final exam 33%

10 in-class Reading Tests, each worth 1% 10%







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