Sexuality, Gender & the Law (SD 345)
This course explores legal issues related to sex, gender and sexual orientation. The course focuses on the role that our laws play in creating and reinforcing sexuality and gender norms and examines a number of constitutional issues including: equal protection doctrine as it applies to issues of gender and sexual orientation; the role of the state in regulating sexual conduct under the due process clause; and the application of the first amendment to sex-related speech and conduct. Specific topics may include: sex and sexual orientation discrimination; sexual acts including incest, polygamy, rape, prostitution, sadomasochism and pedophelia; reproductive rights including contraception, abortion and surrogacy; sex related speech including sex education and pornography; and family issues including marriage, custody and adoption. Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I highly recommended.
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