Laws of Sex: Exploring Legal Issues About Sex, Gender & Sexuality
GEN ST 161; HONORS 231
The media is filled with a perfect storm of controversial issues that have legal aspects. Our legal system resolves disputes and regulates behavior. But as times change, the legal system must address new understandings of laws regarding sex (the physical body and actions), gender (how the individual perceives themselves and is perceived by others) and sexuality (who we are attracted to and the expression of our sexual feelings). In this course you’ll learn to analyze and critique these laws, to expand your critical thinking from a variety of viewpoints, and to demonstrate your understanding through short response essays and in-class presentations.
Course Curriculum and Features
We’ll examine sexual behavior regulations, anti-discrimination laws, transgendered or intersex issues, sex trafficking, same-sex marriage, pornography and free speech, and reproductive and parental rights.
Those interested in American studies, English, history, law, social sciences or women’s/gender/queer studies.
Attendance and Workload
All Early Fall Start courses require the same amount of academic work as any other UW course, and full attendance and participation is required. In general, each course requires about 10 hours of homework each week.
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Note: The HONORS 231 section is open to UW Honors Program students only. Register for this section.
Dates & Times
Aug 22–Sep 15, 2017
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.