520Q
LAW
Feminist Legal Theory

Law School Description

Faculty members or visiting scholars present selected topics focusing upon subject areas in their area of specialty or expertise.

UH Mānoa Catalog Description

Faculty members or visiting scholars present selected topics focusing upon subject areas in their area of specialty or expertise. (B) topic 1; (C) topic 2; (D) topic 3; (E) topic 4; (F) topic 5; (G) topic 6; (H) topic 7; (I) topic 8; (J) topic 9; (K) topic 10; (M) topic 11; (N) topic 12; (O) topic 13; (P) topic 14; (Q) topic 15.

Notes

This class explores the treatment of women, gender, and sexuality under American law. The course requires close reading of texts, both legal and theoretical, and classroom dicussion of that reading. The texts include classics of feminist legal theory, as well as books and articles addressing current topics in what was once called "women and the law," i.e. all the ways in which the law either addresses or fails to address the experiences and lives of women as a category, and the consequences of that. Violence and equality theory are recurring themes, as well as current events and personal experience explored through the feminist method of consciousness raising. The class typically proceeds through guided discussion of assigned materials. Attendance, participation, reading, and occasional written reflection on the reading are required. A significant portion of the grade for this course is based on a standard graduate school essay-type exam, or, in the alternative, students may propose a feminist theory project that relates the themes of the class to actual social practice. Past projects have included development of legislation, creative production - including film and theater, organizing of conferences or panel discussions, scholarly writing, anti-violence community work, and social media organizing.

Credit(s) for this CRN

3

Instructor Approval

No

Competition

No

Bar Course

No

Clinical Requirement

No

Textbooks

Toward a Feminist Theory of the State
To Be Determined
Author: MacKinnon, Catherine A.
Edition: 1991
ISBN: 9780674896468
This book is required.
Year Published: 1991
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Feminist Theory Reader, Local and Global Perspectives
Author: Carole Mccann and Seung-kyung Kim
Edition: 3rd
ISBN: 978-0-415-52102-4
This book is required.
Year Published: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Comments: Purchase online.

Exam Information

Open Book Final Exam on Friday, December 13, 2013 at 1:00pm - 4:00pm in Classroom 2

Semesters Offered

Class Instructor(s) Term Yearsort ascending
View class page Jon M. Van Dyke
Fall
2009

Instructor(s)

Office Hours

We 3:30p.m. to 4:00p.m.

Support Specialist

Julie Suenaga

Class Schedule

M
1:30pm - 4:00pm

Dates

August 26, 2013 to December 20, 2013

Classroom

Seminar Room 4

Course Reference Number

79681