WOMENSTD 151 - Social Science Seminars on Women and Gender
Section: 002 Theories of Rights
Term: FA 2006
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem, Theme
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Rights are foundational to our concepts of law, citizenship, and even to concepts of ourselves as human beings. We debate public issues in terms of rights, and we also refer to our rights in everyday interactions and casual speech. Supposedly American culture is saturated with rights talk and awash in lawsuits, much to the dismay of some critics. Rights have been an important part of movements on behalf of women, people with disabilities, sexual minorities, transgender people, and racial minorities. Conservatives have taken up rights language, too, characterizing gay rights as “special rights” and mobilizing against religious discrimination. In this class we will back up to some very basic questions about law in our society, undertaken through the study of rights. What are rights, and where do they come from? How do ordinary people come to understand themselves as possessing them? What are some criticisms of our rights culture? How have rights campaigns promoted social change through the law, and how effective have they been? Readings will be drawn from different disciplinary perspectives on rights in contemporary law and culture, with a focus on gender- and sexuality-based rights. The instructor has determined that this course will not be open to upper-level students; please do not e-mail with requests.

WOMENSTD 151 - Social Science Seminars on Women and Gender
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
17933
Open
3
4Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during summer orientation. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may register. Meets with CAAS 103-004.
002 (SEM)
P
24686
Open
8
8Y1
6Enrollment Management
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Seats in First-Year Seminars are opened gradually during summer orientation. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may register. All others need permission of instructor
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