PHIL 355 - Contemporary Moral Problems
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU, RE
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 455.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will explore some contentious moral issues of our day, with particular attention to racism and sexism and their connection to these issues. We will first explore the nature of race, racism, sexism, discrimination, privilege, and oppression, paying particular attention to:

  1. individual acts of racism/sexism and the direct harm they cause to their victims,
  2. the ways in which racism/sexism gets institutionalized into systematic oppression that harms social groups and members of these groups qua membership in the group, and
  3. how victims of oppression might contribute to their own oppression.

We will examine some applications of each of these (e.g., hate speech, the practice of veiling). We will also examine philosophical debates about issues such as affirmative action, abortion, rape/sexual harassment, terrorism, and/or the environment, and see how race and gender issues may play out in these.

Grading will be based on three in-class assignments. Readings will be based on either electronic reserves or a coursepack (no required textbook).

PHIL 355 - Contemporary Moral Problems
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
15339
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24
 
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MW 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (DIS)
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15340
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0
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
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15986
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3
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
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28565
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4
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (DIS)
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15987
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3
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
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29853
Open
3
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
009 (DIS)
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19000
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0
 
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TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
010 (DIS)
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15988
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
011 (DIS)
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15989
Open
3
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
013 (DIS)
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15990
Open
3
 
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TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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