Summer 2019 - PHIL 333 D100

Selected Topics (3)

Phil of Race and Gender

Class Number: 4316

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3535, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    As stated by department at time of offering.



May be repeated for credit.


Selected Topics: Philosophy of Race and Gender 

Intersession. Prerequisites: At least one Philosophy course or permission of the instructor.

(Note: Students with credit for PHIL 333 in Fall 2017 may not take PHIL 333 in Summer 2019 for further credit.)

The course will investigate philosophical questions that concern race and gender. The first half of the course will focus on topics in the metaphysics, epistemology and ethics of race and gender. Questions addressed will include: What is race? What is gender? When is a belief a racist belief? What grounds the wrongness of racism? Of sexism? What is racist/sexist humour, and why is it offensive? Is there a close parallel between treatments of race/racism and gender/sexism? The second half of the course will focus on applied topics. Questions addressed will include: Is affirmative action permissible? Can racial profiling be justified? Should the burqa be banned? Can patriarchal religious structures be reconciled with feminism?


This specific offering of PHIL 333 - Philosophy of Race and Gender - may be applied towards the Certificate in Ethics and towards the Ethics requirements for the Law and Philosophy Concentration.


  • Midterm paper (800 words) 35%
  • Term Paper (1000 words) 45%
  • Active Engagement (Every class students will be required to submit answers to a ‘reading question’ pertaining to a particular assigned reading. Answers to these questions will constitute the ‘active engagement’ portion of the grade) 20%

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Thinking of a Philosophy Major or Minor? The Concentration in Law and Philosophy? The Certificate in Ethics? The Philosophy and Methodology of Science Certificate?
Contact the PHIL Advisor at   More details on our website: SFU Philosophy

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.