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284.62 sec. 001 - Gender and Sexuality in the Era of #MeToo (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Kathryn Abrams  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Tu 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
    Location: Law 145
    From January 14, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 14, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 32336

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 29
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course will use the occasion provided by the #MeToo movement to assess several questions:
1) what theories of gender and sexuality from the 'equality' theory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the dominance feminism of Catharine MacKinnon to intersectional and poststructural theories of Kimberle Crenshaw, Judith Butler and others have able to achieve in the domain of law, particularly as applied to gender-specific violence;
2) what failures of legal response, thrown into relief by recent political developments, have given rise to #MeToo, and how the #MeToo response has been distinct from earlier feminist efforts to address gender-specific violence;
3) what women and other targets of sexualized violence -- particularly those too young to have participated fully in earlier debates -- are seeking from this present moment. This may include: better understanding of the pervasiveness and variability of sexual harassment/sexual violence; more tangible institutional commitment to eliminating sexual coercion in workplaces and educational setting; more accountability (or less impunity) for offenders.
4) what avenues for vindicating the promise of #MeToo legally and institutionally are likely to prove most fruitful.
The course will consider at least three: statutory and enforcement reforms; policies for addressing sexual assault and sexual harassment on college campuses; and strategies for avoiding carceral solutions and/or implementing principles of restorative justice.

Note: This course will be structured as a writing course that fulfills the Option 1 writing requirement. There will be regular, in-class discussion of paper topics and development of arguments, and workshops in the latter part of the course in which students will present parts of their works-in-progress and receive feedback. Although the course is structured around the expectation that most students will write papers, there will be a take-home exam option for students whose other commitments make it impossible for them to undertake a research paper during the semester. Students taking the exam option will be expected to participate fully in all workshops and discussions of classmates' works-in-progress. All students will be graded on the same curve, regardless of how they fulfill the course requirement.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

You will receive the writing requirement credit if and only if you complete the writing requirement paper in this class. Students who elect to take the final exam will not receive writing requirement credit.

Exam Notes: (TH/P) Take-home examination or paper option: students option
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy

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