WOMENSTD 270 - Gender and the Law
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course explores contemporary intersections of law and gender in the U.S. and beyond. Understanding that law simultaneously reflects and creates social norms, we will investigate how gender is constructed, challenged, and refused through law and litigation. When and how can law be used to reject discrimination and shift social norms? When and how is law a tool of oppression and injustice? How do cultural expectations surrounding law and the legal system shape people's engagement with it? What can we do with law and what can law do to us? Rather than taking as given the hegemonic power that legal structures might hold over people’s lives and thought, this course questions how people use, abuse, subvert, and leverage the legal structures in which they find themselves, while paying attention to how law constructs power. Starting from an intersectional perspective — understanding that sex, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and dis/ability wrap together in socially significant ways — this course examines law in theory and in practice, tracing how law is imagined and created, but also how it plays out in people's everyday lives. Course materials consider examples from the U.S., South Africa, Trinidad, Japan, and Australia. The course materials emphasize primary texts of feminist writing, and ethnographic analysis about legal topics. Rather than seeking to impart details of legal doctrine, we focus on the feminist conversation about law and gender from both a theoretical and policy-oriented perspective.

WOMENSTD 270 - Gender and the Law
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
25565
Open
100
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
25680
Open
25
 
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M 3:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
25681
Open
25
 
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M 5:00PM - 7:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
25682
Open
25
 
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F 10:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
25683
Open
25
 
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F 12:00PM - 2:00PM
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