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PH304F: SEX, RACE AND DISABILITY (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

Some of the most pervasive forms of discrimination are based on sex, sexual orientation, race, and disabilities. Each of these categories straddles the boundaries between facts and values. This course investigates the extent to which they reflect biological features and value judgements and how they underpin intuitions about what is ‘natural’, ‘abnormal’, ‘innate’ or ‘a matter of choice’.  Download Course Guide

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Ulrich Stegmann

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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Some of the most pervasive and well-understood forms of discrimination are based on sex, sexual orientation, race, and disabilities. Each of these categories straddles the boundaries between facts and values. This seminar-based course investigates the scientific and ontological nature of sex, race, and disabilities (especially mental disorders). It looks, in particular, at the extent to which they reflect biological features or value judgements and give rise to, and are affected by, opinions about what is ‘natural’ and ‘abnormal’, ‘innate’ or a ‘matter of choice’. Note that the course is not dedicated to the ethical and policy issues associated with sexual orientation, race, and disability. It rather considers the conceptual, scientific, and ontological basis for a wide range of practical implications.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

 

First Attempt: 2000 word essay (50%) and one take-home exam (50%).

Resit: 3000 word essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

 

Essays, joint projects and seminar presentations.

Feedback

 

Feedback will be provided continuously and in a timely manner so that students can take it on board for the following assessments. It takes the form of written comments and suggestions as well as oral comments and advice.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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