Sex, Ethics & Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

College of Arts and Law


Code 23955

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Other pre-requisites 60 credits of philosophy

Module description

This module will concern issues in the Philosophy and Ethics of sex. It will cover topics including some of: liberal versus ‘traditional’ understandings of the function of sex; the harm principle; consent and competence to give it; what laws the state should/may impose relating to sex; the permissibility of contraception, homosexuality, pornography and prostitution. The module employs the topic of sex as a route into fundamental issues in ethics and philosophy concerning liberalism, the law, the nature of ethics and related issues.