This course is about rethinking the part law, particularly the constitution and also federal anti-discrimination law, plays in maintaining a gendered society. We will examine constitutional provisions, read cases 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. All students are expected to read these papers before class and formulate their own responses. The questions in these papers will often be raised in class.
These papers and class participation will comprise 1/3 of the final grade. The remainder of the grade will be based on two long papers (between 12 and 15 pages) responding to a question posed by the instructor and due half way through and at the end of the semester.
This course is open to 1st year students who have taken Con Law I.