Law Course Catalog

7925. Sexuality, Gender and the Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

This seminar will explore the theoretical, statutory, constitutional, and historical dimensions of law's regulation of sexuality and gender. Course materials will address constitutional doctrines of privacy, equal protection, freedom of expression and freedom of association, as well as aspects of criminal, employment and family law that construct and enforce social norms around gender and sexuality. Topics may include sexual privacy and its limits; sex and consent; discrimination in the military on the basis of gender and sexual orientation; government policies on pornography, sex education, and sexually explicit art; sex work and its regulation; gender identity and sexuality in the workplace and in educational institutions; and state control of family relationships, including marriage, custody and adoption.