Philosophy of Sex (PHIL2661)


This course addresses philosophical issues concerning sex. From the perspective of metaphysics, we will ask what sexual differences and relations are. From the perspective of moral and political philosophy, we will ask which sexual relationships and identities are ethically justifiable. Sample questions include: What is it to have a sexual identity? Is sexual difference innate or socially constructed? Is intoxicated sexual consent valid? Is there anything wrong with being a sex object? Is pornography problematic? Is bestiality ever ok?

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd Essay (50%) and 1x2hr exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 Junior credit points of Philosophy) or (12 Junior credit points from Gender and Cultural Studies)

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.