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Philosophy (PHIL)

PHIL 014 (GH;US) Philosophy of Love and Sex (3) Explores Western theories and attitudes concerning intimacy and examines various ethical issues involving love and sex.

PHIL 014 Philosophy of Love and Sex (3)
(GH;US)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

An examination of theories and attitudes concerning love and sexuality that have been prevalent in the Western world. Course topics will include philosophical and theological conceptions of sex and love and ethical issues related to these topics, including monogamy, same-sex marriage, cultural differences, pornography, and consent. The course will focus on contemporary US beliefs and practices examined through the lens of the different beliefs and practices concerning intimacy within the cultures of the US. The lens of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation will be ongoing themes of the class and included in all topics. The course has no prerequisites and assumes no background in philosophy. It is an excellent introductory course for students interested in learning the skills of doing philosophy. The course will focus on linked ethical issues that will be investigated through readings, essays, and group projects and are designed to encourage students to cultivate ethical awareness and inquiry by understanding and investigating diverse viewpoints and developing a richer understanding of their own positions. The course will provide opportunities for gathering information, analyzing arguments, synthesizing diverse viewpoints, and developing a richer understanding of and support for one's own beliefs and practices. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, short essays, examinations, and group presentations. The course will serve as a GH and GI requirement and it may be used to fulfill minor requirements in philosophy. The course will be offered once a year with 25-250 seats per offering.


General Education: GH
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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