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Spring 2010 - Con Law II: Gender and the Constitution

Wiseman, Zipporah B

Credit Hours: 3  Course ID: 381C  Unique # 28805

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
MTW11:30 am - 12:20 pmTNH 3.114
Exam Type  Date Time      Name Range Regular Room Extegrity Room
Floating
Registration Information
This course is restricted to first year students only.

Description
This course looks at the intersection of gender issues with the Constitution.  It is open only to 1L's who have taken Con Law I.

It begins with the denial of the privilege of a woman as a citizen to practice law, to enter contracts, to own property and to vote; continues through the jurisprudence beginning in the 1970's when the Supreme Court ruled that the constitution gave women "equal" rights; and ends with today's questions concerning sexual identity such as same sex marriage and the rights of transgendered persons.  We will read cases, excerpts from scholarly articles, books and contemporary news accounts

EXAM:  The exam will be a floating 48 hour take home exam.  It will consist of 2 or 3 essay questions requiring you to address the central issues discussed in class and the readings.

COMMENTS:  To facilitate class discussion, you also are required to write approximately 10 "comments" on 10 different topics on the syllabus over the semester.  "Comments" may include questions about and criticisms of the reading, examples of the issues covered, as well as general reflections on the content of the readings.  Each comment should be approximately one single-spaced or two double-spaced pages.  Comments must be submitted by e-mail and are due by 12 noon on Sunday the week before class discussion of the readings addressed.  They will be graded on the basis of content, rather than writing style, or length.  The grades will be either 1 or 2 and in rare instances 3.  Any thoughtful effort will earn a 2; half-hearted efforts will earn a 1 and an exceptional contribution will earn a 3.  Your comments and class participation will count 30 percent of your grade.  You must be in class when the subject of your comment is discussed in order to receive credit.

Prerequisite:  Con Law I.

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