This course is about rethinking the part law plays in maintaining a gendered society. We will read cases, examine constitutional provisions and statutes and consider readings that offer different perspectives on this and related questions.
We will look at the Constitutional and statutory bases for legal theories of "equality", the tensions between theories of gender and racial equality, and the ways the courts have defined the varied and conflicted meanings of equality.
Students will be required to submit biweekly short papers (2 pages double spaced maximum) raising questions about the materials assigned for the week. These papers, occasional oral presentation of a problem in the casebook and class participation will comprise 1/3 of the final grade. The remainder of the grade will be based on a 48 hour "floating" take home exam.