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Sex, Gender and the Law: Transgender Law (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-753
  • Class Number: 03455
  • Instructor: David B. Cruz

Course Description

This seminar will explore questions of law’s response to questions of sex discrimination and gender identity and expression, with an emphasis upon legal issues facing transgender persons; circumstances of intersex persons will also be considered. Employment discrimination (especially Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), marriage eligibility, birth certificates, incarceration, identity documents, and restroom access will provide some of the factual setting in which these issues will be engaged; some of these topics will include material comparing the law in other countries.  There will be a required textbook, as well as course materials to be made available through Blackboard and/or the copy center. Students will write questions for discussion each week and a minimum 20-page research paper on a topic pertaining to the seminar worked out with the professor (with intermediate steps including a prospectus and first draft required).  Course participation is required and a factor in your final grade. There will be no final examination. The course may be taken CR/D/F. Any student satisfactorily passing the class (with a grade higher than a D) will satisfy the upper division writing requirement (you must complete the form and get professor’s signature). This seminar may be taken by students writing Notes, which may be on a broad range of topics (ultimately requiring approval by the instructor) relating to sex, gender, and law, though intersex and transgender legal topics are encouraged.  Students writing their Note in conjunction with the seminar may, to receive an additional unit CR/D/F under the professor’s supervision in the spring, write a longer paper and meet journal requirements/deadlines as well as the class deadlines.  Constitutional Law: Structure and Constitutional Law: Rights are generally prerequisites or co-requisites; interested students who believe they might have adequate background to participate fully in the class and write their research paper successfully without having taken constitutional law should contact the professor as they may take the course with instructor permission.  LLM students who are interested in taking Sex, Gender, and Law should enroll in LLM Constitutional Law in advance of, or concurrent with, this course.

Note: To satisfy the upper division writing requirement the course must be taken for a numerical grade.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: T 10:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 114
  • Exam: Paper
  • Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no