Feminist Legal Theory

Feminist Legal Theory

Professor Janet Halley
Fall 2019 course
M, T 10:20am - 11:50am in WCC Room 3007
3 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home
Students will write response papers analyzing the reading materials or will take a last-day take-home examination. There will be a paper option, available only with the permission of the instructor.

This course will examine and compare eight major strands of contemporary North Atlantic feminism: liberal feminism, dominance feminism, cultural feminism, socialist/materialist feminism, economic feminism in a liberal market frame, critical race feminism, postmodern feminism, and the relations between feminism and conservatism. We will read classics in feminist legal theory and case studies allowing us to examine and compare the ways in which various strands of feminism have engaged law and law reform. The goals of this course is to enable each student to make informed decisions about which strands of feminist legal theory work best for them and to give all students a strong understanding of how past stages in the development of feminist legal theory and law reform help to shape contemporary expressions of feminism.

Subject Areas: Legal & Political Theory, Family, Gender & Children's Law, International, Comparative & Foreign Law