POLSCI 421 - Law and Gender
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Enforced Prerequisites:
Not available for students who have completed POLSCI 496, Topic = Law and Gender (Topic Id # = 11).
Advisory Prerequisites:
Senior standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

How do courts construct the meaning of gender and how are distributions of resources, opportunities, and constraints tied to such constructions? How is the relationship between law and gender infused with race and class dimensions? What does it mean, in short, to say that the law “regulates” gender? In this course, we will take up these questions in the context of family law, the law of workplace discrimination, and the law of sexual and domestic violence. In general, the course aims to provide an understanding of the ways in which law produces and reproduces a gender system, characterized by particular distributions and forms of power. There is an historical dimension to the course, and we will examine rights claims and legal regulations of sexuality, motherhood, and work in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. Various theoretical approaches to gender equality are examined as well, and these theoretical approaches serve as a touchstone throughout the course. Students will write three papers, as well as weekly one-page responses to readings.

This course is in the American Politics subfield.

POLSCI 421 - Law and Gender
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001 (SEM)
Tu 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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