Gender and the Law

This course examines how the U.S. legal system shapes—and is shaped by—gender. Topics include sex discrimination in the workplace and educational institutions, single-sex education, women in military combat, domestic violence, same-sex marriage, and reproductive legal rights and responsibilities. Class discussions will reflect the many factors that influence how individuals view and encounter the law, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, political outlook, etc. The academic focus will be on legal analysis, public policy writing, and respectful dialogue about emotionally complex topics. No prior legal knowledge is required. This course (WGST 251) is taught by Sara Collina as a Doyle Seminar (small upper-level classes that foster deepened student learning about diversity and difference through research and dialogue).

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