Gender and Law Seminar

Course Catalog Number: 
5847
Course Credits: 
3
Course Type: 
Seminar
Graduation Requirements: 
Upper-Level Writing
"W" Writing
Course Priority: 
Seminar - 3rd Year Priority
Standard Courses

This course will examine how gender influences legal doctrine and how legal doctrine in a number of specific areas of law affects women and shapes societal understandings of gender. The objectives of the course are twofold: (1) to explore how an understanding of gender and feminist legal theory can enrich the study of law; and (2) to learn specific areas of legal doctrine that are particularly relevant to women and societal understandings of gender. The course will cover a number of areas related to issues of gender equality, such as employment, education, family and domestic responsibilities, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. Various feminist legal theories will provide a framework for studying these areas of law.