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PH2535: GENDER EQUALITY (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

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In recent times equality among genders has attracted increasing attention. This is no longer a matter of concern to a fringe movement, but a central issue to contemporary society. In this course we will examine some of the crucial issues in the debate and assess the merits of key arguments. The topics we’ll discuss include the gender pay gap, the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and popular culture, pornography, abortion, the objectification of women, gender equality in sports, and epistemic injustice.  

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Federico Luzzi

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 2 or Master Of Arts In Philosophy, Politics And Economics

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims

To introduce students to central debates in contemporary Philosophy.
To introduce key philosophical questions about gender equality and feminism.
To develop students' skills of reading and engaging critically with primary texts.
To develop students' skills of reasoning, argumentation and debate.

Main Learning Outcomes

Students will have acquired knowledge of central debates in contemporary Philosophy and of key philosophical questions about gender equality and feminism
Students will understand the main ideas in each of these debates, and will be able to explain differences between various positions in these debates.
Students will have critically engaged with primary texts.
Students will have articulated the results of their learning clearly and systematically in written form and discussion.

Course Content

In this course we'll examine key philosophical debates on issues of gender equality. These will include: bias against women, sexual harassment, the politics of work and family, abortion, pornography, feminist proposals for language change and gender-related epistemic injustice.

Further Information & Notes

A reading week will be scheduled for week 7, when the essay is due. No lecture and no tutorial will take place during this week.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

One 2000-word essay (40%), one take home exam (40%) and 10 online quizzes pertaining to compulsory tutorial readings (20%)


One 2000-word essay (100%)

In line with School Policy, failure to submit a component piece of assessed work, or submitting a token piece, will result in the withdrawal of the class certificate (students are not eligible for resit).

If a component piece of assessed work is submitted and marked 0-5, students cannot pass the course on the first attempt. The student is automatically entitled to resit, and must resit in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment

Feedback on essays; individually arranged conversations during office hours/by appointment/ feedback on in-class presentations.


Written on essay and marking sheet; office hours/appointment; peer questions and comments during in-class presentations

Course Learning Outcomes


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