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WOMEN & LAW
Topics, Notes, Assignments I
(go to Part II)


Part I: Overall Conceptual Framework

January 27: Course overview and discussion of readings

February 1: Introduction to the judicial system and legal principles, including historical background and key cases

February 3–15: Introduction to feminism and feminist legal theory, including historical background and major issues and controversies

Questions for Written Assignment, due February 8

Questions for Written Assignment, due February 15


Part II: Specific Issues

Family Issues

February 17–22: Marriage and Divorce

Questions for Written Assignment, due February 22

February 24–29: Motherhood, Parenthood, and Custody Issues

Questions for Written Assignment, due February 29

March 2–7: Reproductive Rights—Abortion

Questions for Written Assignment, due March 7

March 9–21: Surrogacy and Adoption

Questions for Written Assignment, due March 21

NB: As a substitute for the March 21 written assignment, students may attend the Wednesday March 8 program “Women and Prison, ” a talk by Sr. Elaine Roulet, Chaplain, Bedford Hills Women's Prison, 7:00 pm, Student Campus Center C. If this option is chosen, 1) write a summary of the program, describing its main points and content; 2) explain your response to this program: Did you enjoy it? What were the main things you learned? 3) explain how the program's content relates to at least one aspect of the legal theory that we have been studying. Hand in this response on March 21.


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