940 L&CP: Sexual Orientation & the Constitution - §020, Spring 2013

Categories: Constitutional Law Human Rights

Instructor(s) Gendreau, Chad , Packard, Tamara

One of the most active areas of contemporary constitutional jurisprudence is the area of civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families. Students will analyze the constitutional foundation for the expansion and contraction of rights in the past and present, and take a look at what the future may hold. The anticipated topics include marriage and civil unions (including DOMA and any gay marriage cases taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court during the semester), workplace rights and employment law, issues arising from the care and custody of children, free speech issues and more. The grade for this course will be derived primarily through a 10 to 15 page research paper expanding on one of the course topics; class participation is also key. NOTE: We will not be using a textbook for the course. Students should be comfortable receiving weekly reading assignments via email.

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