Oct 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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LAW 000/5221 - Law and Patriarchy (3 cr.)



Description
What does it mean to look at law from a feminist perspective? How can a critical reading of patriarchal society inform our legal analysis and our uses of the law? This course explores how structures of domination - capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchy - have been historically codependent through systems of law and governance. It also explores how feminist movements have critically navigated around and against these structures of domination through law, and other means. Gender justice has been at the core of international human rights law and practice in the Global South. This course makes explicit broader theoretical questions about the relationship between law and patriarchy through classic texts on feminism, transfeminism, queer theory, critical race feminism, and masculinity studies, among other approaches. It engages with various themes that initially developed from outside of the academy, such as intersectionality, and capitalism’s reliance on unpaid housework, cohering feminist movements as spaces of knowledge-production, and for the articulation of feminist methodology. The course therefore focuses on how feminist methodology can reveal the distributional effects of legal outcomes, break gender binaries, and complicate North-South dichotomies.

When Offered
Normally offered only in the fall semester.



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