900 Seminar: Gender and the Law

This is a scholarship seminar designed to introduce students to the use of gender as a category of legal analysis. Students will be introduced to theoretical readings from the field of Women’s Studies and Feminist legal theory so as to appreciate the historical and jurisprudential developments on a range of topics in which one may evaluate the law’s expression of underlying Anglo-European values, norms and beliefs about the meaning of such terms as “sex,” “gender,” “sexuality,” femininity and masculinity. As a writing seminar students are free to explore such topics as reproductive and sexuality rights, gender identity and expression, gender and the family, gender and sex discrimination in the workplace, religion, culture and gender, sex and gender minorities in the military, gender and the media, and the politics of gender today. Background in constitutional law is helpful. Papers in this course will meet the graduation writing requirement.