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Sexual Orientation

This seminar will examine the treatment of sexual orientation and related questions of sexuality in the U.S. legal system. It will begin with readings and discussion on theories of human sexuality, the nature of sexual orientation, issues of identity and expression and background on the modern gay rights movement. It will then address the ways in which different views of sexual orientation have determined or influenced legal and constitutional rights in a variety of contents. Particular attention will be paid to first amendment and equal protection jurisprudence and theory (including anti-gay ballot initiatives, military employment, access to information about sexuality, public workplace issues); rights of intimate association and efforts to define, limit or expand family and parental rights (including second-parent adoption, equal marriage rights and domestic partnership); and legal efforts to define and distinguish sex, gender, sexual acts and sexual identity (including sodomy law challenges and the impact of Bowers v. Hardwick in other contexts). Some emphasis will be given throughout the case strategy and development. Method of evaluation: 1) A seminar paper, 20-25 pages (double-spaced) in length, on a topic to be decided with professor's approval by mid-semester, will determine approximately 2/3 of grade. (Students wishing to satisfy a writing requirement through this course must receive instructor's permission). The paper must apply analyses developed or suggested by the course materials to a chosen topic and must reflect significant additional legal and/or policy research. Papers are due on last day of class without exceptions. 2) Class attendance, familiarity with readings and participation also will count toward final grades. 3) Each student also will be expected to assist in leading discussion during one class session by framing the issues suggested by the assigned materials.


Catalog Number: CONPUB 680
Practice Areas: Constitutional Law & Procedure
Additional Course Information: 1 Draft degree req may be met with class ,  3 draft degree req may be met with class ,  Consult Professor about writing requirements


Course History

Fall 2013
Title: Sexual Orientation
Faculty: Taylor, Camilla B. (courses  |  homepage)
Clark, Christopher Robert
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 7



Spring 2013
Title: Law and Sexuality
Faculty: Glazer, Elizabeth
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 0



Spring 2012
Title: Sexual Orientation
Faculty: Taylor, Camilla B. (courses  |  homepage)
Clark, Christopher Robert
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 0



Spring 2011
Title: Sexual Orientation
Faculty: Taylor, Camilla B. (courses  |  homepage)
Clark, Christopher Robert
Section: 1     Type: Seminar     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 14