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286.6 sec. 001 - Race, Sexuality and the Law (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Russell K Robinson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 10
From January 10, 2023
To April 18, 2023

Course Start: January 10, 2023
Course End: April 18, 2023
Class Number: 32610

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This course will examine the ways in which race, gender, and sexuality intertwine to shape the law, public discourse and culture. We will also explore issues related to the experiences of LGBTQ people of color and their relationship to the dominant LGBTQ community and movement. The latter issues are related to broader questions of intragroup discrimination and the capacity of any one social movement to represent all people who share a trait, as exemplified by Black feminist critiques of male dominance in the Black civil rights movement and White female control over feminist spaces. We will approach these provocative issues from a comparative perspective; for instance, we will compare the stereotyping of Black male sexuality and Asian male sexuality. Pedagogical methods will include not just reading cases and legal scholarship but analyzing inter-disciplinary scholarship, viewing and critiquing film and television and discussing issues with guest speakers. Questions we will study include the following: How do the media represent the sexualities and identities of people of color, and of LGBTQ people of color? How do these representations influence law? To what extent do interracial couplings reduce or reflect racial stereotypes? Do legal analysis and public discourse regarding LGBTQ rights tend to assume a white, cisgender male subject? How can heterosexuals and sexual and gender minorities find common ground and build coalitions?

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law

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