WGS 252 - Special Topics Minicourse
Fall 2023, Section 001 - Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and the Law
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
Department: LSA Women's and Gender Studies
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Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of seven credits of WGS 252 and 253 (WOMENSTD 252 and 253) may be counted toward graduation.
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 7 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Partial Term 8/28/23 - 10/13/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This minicourse will serve as an introduction to how the U.S. legal system approaches gender identity and sexual orientation. We will examine constitutional and statutory frameworks that protect and exclude LGBT persons from legal rights. Each week, we’ll focus on a different set of legal rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender people.  Topics include:employment and military service; anti-sodomy laws and marriage; reproduction and parenting; exclusion from public spaces and religious exemptions; and the rise in anti-trans legislation affecting schools, sports, and access to gender affirming healthcare.  With guidance, students will explore primary legal sources and discuss the impact that these laws have on our/LGBT lived experiences. 

This course is intended for WGS major and minor students but is open by instructor permission to students with a background in legal or gender studies coursework.



WGS 252 - Special Topics Minicourse
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
9WGS majors and minors
W 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Partial Term 8/28/23 - 10/13/23
Note: This course is reserved for WGS majors and minors. Other interested students who have taken classes in WGS may email the instructor for permission to enroll. In your email please note the WGS class(es) you have taken.

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