Feminist Legal Theory Seminar (21437). 2 or 3 units. This seminar will critically examine some major intellectual traditions in second-wave American feminist theory and explore their relevance to the law. Radical feminism identifies sexuality as the crucible of gender inequality, for example, while cultural feminism points to mothering and kinship. Socialist feminists are concerned with the gender-based distribution of labor, and liberal feminists worry about gender-based exclusion from "public" spheres more broadly. Feminists of color challenge the validity of isolating gender from other categories of social existence, while feminist post-structuralists question the existence of the stable identity categories upon which some other approaches depend. Each of these traditions has found expression in legal scholarship, with authors championing distinctive (though sometimes overlapping) approaches to various areas of law. The class will examine one or more current debates within feminist legal theory to consider how the various traditions have influenced, and might still influence, the debate and the relevant law. Paper required. Enrollment limited to twenty. Permission of the instructor required. V. Schultz.
Course Selection Information: In addition to listing this course among permission of instructor selections, students should submit a short statement describing their interest and a CV by the close of the bidding period on December 10. Students should identify their year of study in law school (first-year, second-year, or third-year) or where they are in any course of study as a non-law graduate student. Background in the subject is not necessarily required.
Note: Class attendance is required. Weekly 2-to-5 page discussion papers are required, as well as one 15-20 page final paper.