Boston University School of Law

JD966 Gender, Law and Policy (S)

JD 966 ( A1)  M 4:20 PM-6:20 PM 
3 cr., Fall 
Professor Mcclain 
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This seminar provides students a chance to study contemporary issues of gender, law, and policy through the format of a series of presentations of works-in-progress by legal scholars actively engaged in new and important research on such issues. Many legal and social problems implicate gender and gender equality. Gender remains a significant category of analysis in numerous substantive areas of law. Gender equality is also a commitment of domestic law and international human rights law, but gender inequality persists. At the same time, some scholars question the continuing use of gender and other identity categories. We examine cutting-edge issues about gender, law , and policy through a series of seven presentations in which prominent scholars with expertise in the area of gender, law, and public policy present scholarly works-in-progress for discussion with the instructor and students. In alternating weeks, when there is no outside speaker, the instructor and students will discuss the paper that is to be delivered the following week, as well as relevant background reading. Topics vary from year to year, depending on the speakers, but in the past have included: anti-discrimination law, criminal law, corporate board diversity, elder law, employment law, family law, First Amendment (speech and religion), gender identity issues (including transgender rights), health law controversies, international human rights, the intersection of race and gender, masculinity studies, privacy law, reproductive rights, theories of sex difference, and tort law. Students will write a short reflection paper on each scholarly paper and one longer paper (10-12 pages) about one of the seven works. Interested faculty are invited to attend sessions when speakers present their work. A list of confirmed speakers and papers can be found here: http://www.bu.edu/law/ssi/jd/academic/course/documents/GenderLawPolicySpeakersFall2015_000.pdf. NOTE: This seminar does not satisfy the Upper-class Writing Requirement. This seminar will not be offered in 2016-2017, so students should plan accordingly. **A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.