PHIL 455 - Contemporary Moral Problems
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
RE
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHIL 355.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Not open to Graduate students in Philosophy.
Other Course Info:
Does not meet the Philosophy Department's 400-level course requirement for Philosophy concentrators.
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 455 - Contemporary Moral Problems
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001 (LEC)
 
15341
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24
18Graduate Standing
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MW 9:00AM - 10:00AM
002 (DIS)
P
15342
Open
2
2Graduate Standing
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MW 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
P
15992
Open
3
2Graduate Standing
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MW 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
28594
Open
4
2Graduate Standing
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MW 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (DIS)
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15993
Open
3
2Graduate Standing
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MW 1:00PM - 2:00PM
007 (DIS)
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29854
Open
3
2Graduate Standing
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
19007
Open
1
2Graduate Standing
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TuTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
010 (DIS)
P
15994
Open
2
2Graduate Standing
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MW 2:00PM - 3:00PM
011 (DIS)
P
15995
Open
3
2Graduate Standing
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
013 (DIS)
P
15996
Open
3
2Graduate Standing
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TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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