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PHIL3688: Philosophy of Sex

2023 unit information

This course addresses philosophical issues concerning sex. From the perspective of metaphysics, we will ask what sexual differences and relations are. From the perspective of moral and political philosophy, we will ask which sexual relationships and identities are ethically justifiable. Sample questions include: What is it to have a sexual identity? Is sexual difference innate or socially constructed? Is intoxicated sexual consent valid? Is there anything wrong with being a sex object? Is pornography problematic? How should we think about the value of sex, and its relationship to love and the family?

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Code PHIL3688
Academic unit Philosophy
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Philosophy

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Engage with difficult texts
  • LO2. Construct original arguments
  • LO3. Develop conversational and writing skills

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
There are no availabilities for previous years.

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