Sex, Love and Friendship (PHIL*1030) | College of Arts

Sex, Love and Friendship (PHIL*1030)

Code and section: PHIL*1030*01

Term: Fall 2018

Instructor: Patricia Pajunen


This course will be an introduction to contemporary thought on sex, love, and friendship. The goal of this course is to introduce philosophical inquiry about a few of the major topics, concepts, and arguments one might find on the internet today. The general topics we will critically evaluate are sex and sexuality, consent, gender, desire, romantic and platonic love, friendship, and the friend zone. The general topics and concepts will be intersected with politics, disability studies, and Indigenous thought. Sex, sexuality, and gender will comprise most of the course; however, the questions we will ask and attempt to answer will often draw from all three main topics.

Course outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.