Philosophy MA/BSc/MA(SocSci)

Gender and Race PHIL4061

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

In this course, we'll begin by exploring racial and gendered oppression: what are these forms of oppression, and how are they interrelated? Then we will take a look at a selection of issues and questions that philosophers of race and gender have had interesting things to say about, spanning topics in ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, philosophy of language, and metaphysics. 


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.

Excluded Courses





Portfolio (2 x 1000 word written pieces) - 40%

Essay (3000 words) - 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Introduce students to key debates in philosophy on the nature of gender and race.

■ Provide students with the opportunity to explore the place of gender and race within metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and ethics.

■ Facilitate the students' development of analytical and critical skills, by considering key arguments and positions on gender and race.

■ Enable students to formulate their own positions and arguments on philosophical issues relating to gender and race.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Describe and critique the different positions on the issue of the nature of gender and race.

■ Explain and assess different arguments concerning the nature of gender and race, the use of gender and race concepts, the ethics of gender and race, and the epistemology of gender and race.

■ Assess the viability of key positions on the nature of gender and race.

■ Formulate their own arguments and positions on philosophical issues 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.