Spring 2015 Course Schedule

Gender Issues in the Law (CANCELLED) (LAW-975-001)


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Gender Issues in the Law introduces students to some theories of feminist jurisprudence and to some of the important developments in the law concerning sex and gender, including constitutional law, employment law, education law, family law, and criminal law. The course is a survey and offers breadth rather than depth. Indeed, any one of the areas covered could be covered by a course of its own (and may well be at WCL). COURSE REQUIREMENTS: The course grade will be determined by three elements - class participation, an in-class one-hour exam, and a paper. The course paper can be used to satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement.

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The text for the class is Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentary (6th edition) 2013 by Bartlett, Rhode, and Grossman.- Required. This innovative text is organized around different perspectives on gender equality rather than on different areas of law. Thus, in the course, we will discuss the differences, strengths, and weaknesses of various approaches-- formal equality, substantive equality, nonsubordination, difference, autonomy, and identity– as we work through the seminal cases. In being open to and critical of the various perspectives, we can together work toward formulating approaches that offer the most potential for bringing about constructive change.

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