Women and the Law
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPOL 3232
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Law
Description:
Feminist legal history is driven by a commitment to understanding women’s legal agency and the ways women have used the law for individual and societal benefit. In this course, we examine how the legal system has shaped the evolution of women’s rights through case law, statutes, and policies. We look at landmark cases establishing women’s legal rights: accounts of the litigants involved, the historical context that shaped them, the strategies used, and theoretical implications. We also study issues of broad concern to women—reproductive freedom, the workplace, the family, domestic violence, rape—through the lens of history and constitutional law.
Course Open to: Degree Students