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HONR 4940 Do the Virtues have Gender? (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

The question of virtue lies at the heart of every civilization. So does the question of gender. Historically in the West, some virtues, such as bodily strength, courage in battle, self-control, rational intellect, and leadership, have been seen as masculine and superior to other virtues seen as feminine, such as modesty, industry, frugality, nurturing, and obedience. Is this view natural, rooted in biological sex; or is it conventional, part of a socially constructed system of gender roles? Further, how does the Western debate over these questions compare with the one currently raging in the Islamic world? These questions will be addressed through a wide range of readings, as well as films and other media, from both traditions.


Instructor(s): Martha Bayles

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: POLI1249

Comments: Open to all BC undergraduates who have completed the core requirements in humanities and social sciences.


Last Updated: 27-Jan-16