take-home final

Distributed: May 2, 2000
Due: May 16, 2000 by noon

Follow instructions below for both sections of this examination; these exams should be written individually, working alone, not with other students. Include a Works Cited page and make sure all citations to readings are properly documented. These papers must be typed or word processed. Make two copies of your papers and hand them in to the faculty secretary (Vera Mezzacella) in her office in the Castle basement no later than Tuesday, May 16, at noon; she will collect the papers in two large envelopes, one for Dr. McCarthy and one for Dr. McManus. Do not leave papers on office doors or faculty mailboxes.

Part I:

Choose one of the weekly written assignments which you omitted or which did not represent your best work; this can be an assignment that received a check minus or a check (not, obviously, a check plus). Read through all the student papers posted at the table for this assignment in the Speakeasy. Use all these papers as resources to construct ideal responses (analytic, complete, coherent, and clearly written) to the questions for this unit, citing the work of your classmates whenever appropriate. You may sometimes quote your classmates' actual words, but you should more often use paraphrases or summaries; in both cases, of course, you must cite the name of the student whose work you are using (no titles or page numbers are necessary). You will also be paraphrasing or quoting from the readings for the unit, with proper citations, but if you got the idea for using this particular quotation or paraphrase from one of your classmates' papers, indicate this in your text (e.g., “As Sara Cross noted, Martha Mahoney says . . .” or Erica Pitts points out that Elizabeth Schneider discusses this very point in . . .”). [NB: This part of the exam will not change the grade on your original assignment but will contribute to your final exam grade.]

Part II:

One of the questions that we have been considering all semester involves a debate over the best way for the law to carry out its mandate of “equal protection”: using the approach of gender neutrality (treating both men and women exactly the same) or using the approach of special protection (treating men and women differently, based on the different natures and/or circumstances of the sexes). See, for example, Sandra Bem’s explanation of both positions in “Transforming the Debate on Sexual Inequality,” pp. 178-82 (especially 178-79) and the related course notes.

Choose three specific issues that we have covered this semester (from Part II on the course outline). For each, explain which approach you think would be the most effective way for the law to achieve its guarantee of equal protection for women. You may decide that one approach works better in one situation, and another in a different situation, or you may decide that a combination of both approaches would be the most effective legal strategy to deal with a given issue. For each issue, describe the most effective approach and explain in detail why you think this would be the best legal strategy to employ in this situation, drawing on the readings as appropriate to support your contentions. Be as specific and concrete as possible; do not engage in vague generalities but cite specific cases and examples to back up your position.

This final should involve at least 5-6 typed pages.

Daniel McCarthy <dmccar7871@earthlink.net>
Barbara F. McManus<bmcmanus@ix.netcom.com>
HON303/WMS303 Syllabus
May 2000