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212.4 sec. 1 - Feminist Jurisprudence (Fall 2011)
Instructor: Kathryn Abrams (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: TuTh 8:00-9:30
Meeting Location: 170
Course Start: August 25, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49547
This course will examine the major schools of feminist theory that have shaped feminist legal advocacy in the U.S., including equality theory (liberal feminism), difference theory, dominance theory, anti-essentialism, poststructuralism, and queer theory. It will then focus on several legal issues whose resolution has been importantly informed by feminist advocacy, such as sexual harassment, surrogacy, abortion and cultural defenses. The course will be taught in lecture format with plenty of time for discussion.
Although this course is structured as a Legal Studies offering for advanced undergraduates, it is also open to J.D. students. Every year, we have had a number of J.D. students enroll. J.D. students attend lectures, but write a research paper (approx. 25 pp) instead of taking the midterm and the final. Law students do not attend the sections run by graduate students; but if numbers are sufficient, and students would like to take the course for 4 rather than 3 units, I run a separate weekly section, which I teach, for law students. This section explores legal topics at greater depth, and/or does additional theoretical readings of interest.
Occasionally a J.D. student will take this class to fulfill the writing requirement. In that case, of course, the paper will need to be longer and go through 2-3 drafts.
This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.
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