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Gender and Race PHIL5099

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

In this course we will consider questions concerning the nature of gender and race, gender and race concepts and the ethics of employing such concepts, as well as the ways in which gender and race affect us in our capacity as knowers.


18 x 1hr lectures; 4 x 1hr seminars as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Philosophy and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Essay (5000 words) - 100%

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Help students gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of debates in philosophy of gender and race.

■ Explore the place of gender and race within metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and ethics.

■ Develop analytical and critical skills, by considering key arguments and positions, and formulating their own

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ State the key positions in the philosophy of gender and race

■ Explain and critically evaluate different arguments on the issue of the nature of gender and race.

■ Explain and critically evaluate arguments on the nature of gender and race concepts.

■ Explain and critically evaluate arguments on the ethics of gender and race.

■ Explain and critically evaluate arguments on the epistemology of gender and race.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.