Feminist Jurisprudence (LAW-815-001A)
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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, Human Rights, Disability Rights, 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, and Joanna L. Grossman. GENDER AND LAW: THEORY, DOCTRINE, COMMENTARY, Sixth Edition (2013). D. Kelly Weisberg (ed.), FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY: FOUNDATIONS (1993). MyWCL Readings
First Class Readings
Writing Assignment: Write a paragraph with a story, which may be real or fictional, that accomplishes one (or more) of the following: (1) Presents an incident related to your reasons for being in this course; (2) Presents the ideas connected to your reasons for being in this course; (3) Describes a person whose presence in your life is related to being in this course; (4) Describes a relationship that influences your being in this course; or (5) Describes the insight(s) you bring or particular questions presented by this course. On the cover page to the paragraph, please write your name and year in law school. Please post these paragraphs on MyWCL in the Course Discussion Forum for section LAW-815-001B of this course on or before January 7th at 5pm. For those registered for LAW-815-001A, should you be unable to access LAW-815-001B before the first day of class, please post your first assignment in the Discussion Forum section for LAW-815-001A. Feminist Jurisprudence has two sections LAW-815-001A and LAW-815-001B both of which will be participating in the same classroom work. Please bring your paragraph with you to the first meeting of this class on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Also, please be sure to label the document uploaded with your name and "Writing Assignment: Class 1."
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