This course looks at the intersection of gender issues with the Constitution.
It begins with the denial of the privilege of a woman as a citizen to practice law, to enter contracts, to own property and to vote, through the jurisprudence beginning in the 1970's where the Court ruled that the constitution gave women "equal" rights, ending with today's questions of same sex marriage and transgendered persons.
EXAM: the exam will be a floating 48 hour take home exam. The exam will consist of 2 or 3 essay questions which will require you to address the central issues discussed in class and the readings.
COMMENTS: To facilitate class discussion, you also are required to write approximately 10 "comments" on 10 different topics on the syllabus over the semester. "Comments" may include questions about and criticisms of the reading, examples of the issues covered, as well as general reflections on the content of the readings. Each comment should be approximately one single- spaced or two double-spaced pages long. Comments must be submitted by e mail and are due by 12 noon the day before class discussion of the readings addressed. They will be graded on the basis of content, rather than writing style, or length. The grades will be either 1 or 2 and in rare instances 3. Any thoughtful effort will earn a 2; half-hearted efforts will earn a 1 and an exceptional contribution will earn a 3. Your comments will count 30 percent of your grade. You must be in class when the subject of your comment is discussed in order to receive credit.
Prerequisite: Con Law I