GOV 357M • 1 - Gender-based Discrimination - W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Contact Government, American Studies, or Womens and Gender Studies Undergraduate Advising Offices for permission to register for the class. Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. This seminar will study both the substance of laws related to gender-based roles (i.e. laws treating men and women differently) and the participation of women in the legal process. It is especially designed for students who are thinking of law as a career choice and for students who are interested in the legal status of women and men in the U.S. The text will be a law-school casebook. A number of recent cases will be assigned for review and analysis. Class discussion will be in the law school tradition. Issues to be covered include the history of laws in Texas and the United States as they differentiated between women and men (such as voting, jury service, and property rights); employment (including pregnancy issues and comparable worth); education (including Title IX); property management and ownership; pensions and insurance; military service and benefits; choice of name; reproduction; family (including divorce, domestic violence, and child support enforcement); and other issues.
Students will be expected to attend class, to read assigned materials, to contribute to class discussion, to take a take-home midterm, to sit for a final exam, and to do one major paper.
Herma H. Kay. Sex-based Discrimination: Text, Cases and Materials, 5th ed.