Classes

    Legal History Workshop: Sex and the Law

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    This workshop, offered as a 1-credit course held over six sessions, aims to provide students with historical perspectives on the intersections between law and society. Assignments and class discussions will feature a mix of major works in the field of legal history, introducing students to critical methodologies and historical debates, and presentations by leading historians of the regulation of sex, gender, and sexuality. Further information about presentations and meeting dates will be available closer to the fall. 

     

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    Sex Equality

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    The relation between sex equality under law and sex and gender inequality in society is interrogated in theory and practice in the context of relevant social science, history, and international and comparative law. Mainstream equality doctrine is probed on its own terms and through an alternative. Cases largely on U.S. law focusing on concrete issues--including work, family, rape, sexual harassment, lesbian and gay rights, abortion, prostitution, pornography--structure the inquiry. Race, economic class, and transgender issues are mainstreamed. The purpose of the course is to understand,...

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    Transgender Law and Politics

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    An intensive examination of the legal, social, and political issues raised by the status and treatment of transgender persons, primarily but not exclusively in the United States. Sex, gender, sexuality, identity, and equality are interrogated. Issues and cases on discrimination and other relevant legal concepts arising in contexts of trans rights including health care, employment, sexual and other assault, housing, marriage, parenting, military, imprisonment, education, and athletics, with an optional section on immigration, are focused, with particular attention to sex and gender...

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    Reproductive Rights and Justice

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023

    The course materials and discussions span constitutional law, the political and legislative processes, and health law. Course topics include abortion, contraception, pregnancy exclusion laws, rape and statutory rape laws, personhood and feticide laws, artificial reproduction, surrogacy, civil and criminal prosecution for fetal endangerment, and reproductive rights of incarcerated and detained populations. This course is historically grounded, spanning early matrilineality and hypodescent laws to the eugenics era, and concluding with contemporary debates related sex equality, racial...

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