WGS 393 • Gender and the US Constitution
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
The course will offer a broad examination of how the Constitution is gendered and how it organizes gender relations in our society. Particular attention will be given to the evolving terms of gender and citizenship under the Constitution. The course will be organized both topically and historically. Topics will include equality, citizenship, sexuality, marriage, labor, race, reproduction and parenting. The readings will include Supreme Court cases, as well as secondary works from law, history, and political science. In addition to attending class and preparing discussion questions each week, students will be expected to write a short essay (5-7 pages) on an assigned topic, and a longer research paper (25-30 pages) on a topic of their own choosing. Students will also be required to make a course presentation concerning their research topic sometime in the last couple of weeks of the class. The professor will give students comments on a draft of the paper in the last part of the course before a final paper is due.
Please note that students who enroll in this course need to have basic familiarity with US constitutional law prior to the start of the course.
Some of the authors whose work we will consider for the course include: Akil Amar; Nancy Cott; Martha Fineman; Katherine Franke; Hendrik Hartog; Linda Kerber; Catherine MacKinnon; Linda McClain; Eileen McDonagh; Martha Minow; Gretchen Ritter; Dorothy Roberts ;Gayle Rubin; Kim Lane Scheppelle; Vicki Schultz; Joan Scott; Reva Siegel; Rogers Smith; Amy Dru Stanley; Robin West; and Joan Williams.