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265.41 sec. 001 - Religion & Equality in a Diverse World (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Ayelet Shachar  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
From August 22, 2023
To November 29, 2023

Course Start: August 22, 2023
Course End: November 29, 2023
Class Number: 33147

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 9
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 22
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

Diversity and equality are two of our most fundamental social values. Yet they increasingly appear to be on a collision course. In the United States, prominent conflicts between principles of antidiscrimination and claims for religious accommodation have occurred in education, employment, and health care. In other parts of the world, similar clashes erupt around the regulation of marriage and divorce, child custody and visitation, women’s religious attire, access to holy sites, private dispute resolution, and property and inheritance regimes. In a growing number of jurisdictions, debates rage over definitions of membership, expressions of sexual orientation, and contestations over which institutions have the authority to interpret religious texts and traditions which may exist in tension with constitutional provisions of equality and the duty of state neutrality. Focusing on the relationship between religious diversity and gender equity, this course will consist of three parts. The first part will explore different constitutional models of the relationship between law and religion and their implications for collective membership and individual rights. The second part will examine specific policy areas that have become flashpoints in the debate about diversity and equality. Considering a range of current legal disputes, the third and final part of the course will examine emerging institutional designs and remedies aimed at mitigating these tensions.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

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

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

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