WGSS 376 Fall 2014 Sex, Gender, and the Law in U.S. History (D)

Cross Listed as JLST376, HIST376
This course explores how the law in America has defined and regulated gender and sexuality. We will evaluate how the law has dictated different roles for men and women, how sexual acts have been designated as legal or illegal, and the ways that race, class, and nationality have complicated the definition and regulation of gender and sexuality. We will examine how assumptions about gender and sexuality have informed the creation and development of American law, contested interpretations of the Constitution, and the changing meanings of citizenship; We will consider how seemingly gender neutral laws have yielded varied effects for men and women across race and class divides, challenging some differences while naturalizing others. Finally, we will examine the power and shortcomings of appeals to formal legal equality waged by diverse groups and individuals. Throughout the course, we will consider the various methodologies and approaches of the interdisciplinary field of legal history. Topics to be covered will include the Constitution, slavery, marriage, divorce, custody, inheritance, immigration, sexual violence, reproduction, abortion, privacy, suffrage, jury duty, work, and military service.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on two short (4-5 page) papers; one longer (10-12 page) paper; an in-class presentation, and participation in class discussion
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors; WGSS majors; Justice & Law Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada,JLST Interdepartmental Electives
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1203
WGSS 376 - 01 (F) SEM Sex, Gender, Law in U.S. Hist (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Sara L. Dubow
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Griffin 4 1203
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