Sexuality and the Law

This seminar will examine how the law has dealt with, applied to, and been enforced on issues relating to sexuality, and how sexual orientation influences the application of legal rules to individuals in our society. The seminar will address the role of the law in shaping the social meaning of sexuality, and how legal rights, protections, and deprivations have evolved based on identities as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender in a number of contexts including employment, education, marriage, sexual expression, family relationships and the military. Throughout the course, we will examine the extent to which assumptions about morality, gender, sex identity, and race have shaped the law's approach to sexuality, and the ways in which the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights is different from and similar to other rights movements. The course will emphasize constitutional doctrines, including equal protection, due process/privacy, and freedom of speech and association.
Credits: 2

Type: SEM