Feminist Jurisprudence (LAW-815-001)
Attendance at the first class is important for understanding the theory behind and organization of the course. If you are registered for the course and will not be at the first class, please email me since assignments for the second class are done based on attendance at he first class. If you are on the waiting list for the course, you are invited to attend the first class in case space becomes available.
Feminist Jurisprudence will provide an opportunity to study the different strands of feminist theory. The course will examine the relationship of law to the experiences of women situated differently in the world; the relationship of sex and gender as reflected in and influenced by law; cultural images of women and men that both shape and are shaped by the law; and institutional and social structures and practices that perpetuate inequality or subordination. The course will also consider the interaction of feminist theories with other critical traditions, including Critical Race Theory, Social Theories of Power and Wealth, Cultural Studies, and Clinical Theory. Students may take the course for two or three credits, depending upon the scope of the project/paper they undertake.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Katherine T. Bartlett & Deborah L. Rhode, GENDER AND LAW: THEORY, DOCTRINE, COMMENTARY, Fifth Edition (2010); D. Kelly Weisberg (ed.), FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY: FOUNDATIONS (1993)
First Class Readings
Write a paragraph with a story, which may be real or fictional, that accomplishes one (or more) of the following purposes: presents an incident that shows some aspect of your interest in this course; presents the ideas connected to your reasons for being in this course; describes a person whose presence in your life is related to being in this course; describes a relationship that influences your being in this course; or describes the confusions presented by this course. On a cover page to the paragraph, write your name and year in law school. Please post these paragraphs on MyWCL in the Course Discussion Forum for section 815-002 of this course. Feminist Jurisprudence has two sections (815-001 and 815-002), both of which will be participating in the same classroom related work. Therefore, everyone (no matter which section you are actually registered for) has access to 815-002. Bring your paragraph with you to the first meeting of the class on Thursday, August 23, 2012.