FIL2202 – Gender and Philosophy

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Course content

What are gender, sexual orientation and identity, and how are they related? In this course we will study philosophical theories of gender and sexuality and examine how issues of gender identity and sexuality pose challenges to traditional philosophical categories and theories. The course is organized thematically around the topics oppression, body, metaphysics of sex and gender, feminist epistemology, sexual identity and orientation, and issues facing feminist theory today. Students will be exposed to different traditions of feminist phlosophy and will read both classical texts and cutting-edge contemporary scholarship.


Learning outcome

Students will acquire an understanding of central problems in feminist philosophy and discussions about the importance of gender identity for philosophy. Students will develop the conceptual tools necessary for identifying, problematizing and evaluating different philosophical approaches to gender and sexuality. Through seminar discussion, written assignments, poster session and engagement with different guest lecturers, students will practice and develop their argumentative skills.




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12 double sessions which will be a combination of seminars and lectures. The course has the following compulsory tuition activities:

  • An oral presentation 

This activity must be completed and assessed satisfactory in order to qualify for the final exam. The activity is only valid the semester it is completed. Avtive participation is expected of all students.

This is how you apply for valid absence from a compulsory activity.


A term paper of approximately 10-12 pages excl references and footnotes.

You submit your essay in Inspera.

When you write an essay you are entitled to receive individual tutoring. However, this requires that you submit a draft. 




Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodisk emneevaluering våren 2008

Fra og med våren 2010 publiseres alle rapporter fra periodisk evaluering av emner ved IFIKK samlet på instituttes studiekvalitetssider

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Every spring

This course will be offered for the last time in the spring 2020. It will however be replaced by a similar course.


Every spring

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