685 Gender and the Law (3)

This course introduces students to the uses of feminist legal theory and history to understand how Anglo-European values and norms pertaining to the differences between the female and male sexes, and traditional beliefs about the proper behavior of men and women based on notions of femininity and masculinity, affect our private and public lives. We critically examine federal and state law and public policy in the historical context of movements for equal rights for women and sex/gender minorities. Focused topics may include one or more of the following: legal history of the women’s rights movement, gender and the Constitution (U.S. and internationally), women in the family, women and gays in the military, same-sex marriage, transgender rights movement and the ideology of gender, sexual harassment as a tool of social control, reproductive rights, sexual harassment in the workplace, gender based public and domestic violence in American culture, sex, religion and culture, feminized poverty and the quest for global gender equality, women and the media. This list of topics is not exhaustive.

This course is normally offered every third year.