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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
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
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.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
3000 word essay (50%) and one take-home exam (50%).
Essays, joint projects and seminar presentations.
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.