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Women, Crime and the Law (LAW-701A-001)
First part of a one-year class: 2 credits fall; 1 credit spring. See description
This year long course will examine legal, theoretical and political forces -- including feminist theory, critical race theory, queer theory and constitutional doctrine -- that shape the treatment of women in conflict with the law. Students will produce a 25 page paper in this 3 credit seminar on an issue relevant to the issues raised in the course. The seminar is organized to run over the course of a year. In the fall, students will attend a seminar for two hours per week for 2 credits where they will be introduced to materials and resources. At the end of the fall semester, they will have produced a 10 page paper that will form the basis for their final paper. In the spring semester, students will meet for one hour per week for one credit to “workshop” each other’s papers. Experts in the field may from time to time participate in those workshops. There will also be an option to take this class for an additional credit by completing the Advanced Legal Research Component (LAW- 701-001B) in the fall. In order to obtain the additional one credit, students will attend a nine hour weekend session on specialized legal research tools for gender, criminal law, statistical and related legal research materials (print and electronic). The goal of this course is to increase student’s competency with research, to improve the quality of the written project, and to produce papers of publishable quality. Only students interested in committing to the one year commitment are eligible to register for the course.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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First Class Readings
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