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Feminist Law and Philosophy Seminar: Bodies, Gender, Identity
Professors Mezey and Sherman
J.D. Seminar 1112 | 3 credit hours
This course will explore through legal and philosophical readings as well as outside speakers a number of topics of interest to contemporary feminism. These topics will focus on issues of the gendered body, including sex, reproduction, rape as individual violence and as a war crime, transgender identity, drag and gender performance, as well as the emotional responses to trauma, guilt or pleasure, and the potential gaps between personal and legal judgments. This seminar can be taken as either a 2-credit course or as a 3-credit writing seminar.
The seminar is open to all upper level JD students and graduate students in the humanities. Most meetings will be held on the Law School campus, and a few sessions will be held at main campus. About half of the sessions will be turned over to guest lecturers who will present their recent or current work. Law and philosophy faculty are both invited to attend and participate in these sessions. This seminar requires a paper. J.D. students must register for the 3 credit section of the seminar if they wish to write a paper fulfilling the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement. The paper requirements of the 2 credit section will not fulfill the J.D. Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement.