Sexuality and the Law


This course will introduce students to legal and ethical issues at the intersection of law, gender and sexuality. The course will use interpretive methods used in jurisprudence, as well as conceptual tools developed by feminist, critical race and queer theoreticians to explore such issues as the criminalization of gay sex, the equal protection of all persons regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and the role of the state in resolving perceived conflicts between that right to equal protection and the right to religious freedom. The course will take a cross-cultural / multi-jurisdictional comparative approach to these issues.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • CZ
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • ETHICS 272S
  • GSF 272S
  • PUBPOL 277S
  • SCISOC 272S
  • SXL 272S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring