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Fall 2012
6201 Sexual Orientation & the Law - BACON- 34475

Professor(s): Christopher Bacon (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Health Law 
Constitutional and Criminal Law

Time: 4:00p-6:00p  T  Location: 209  BLB

Course Outline: In this course we will explore the relationship between sexual orientation (and/or identity) and the law. We will examine the manner in which the state regulates sexuality, gender, gender roles, and sexual orientation, in a variety of substantive legal areas. We will explore how the law is influenced by theories or myths regarding homosexuality and sexual identity as well as prevailing styles of judicial reasoning. The doctrinal discussions will focus both on the substantive law and a number of larger themes: the nature/nurture debate and its legal ramifications; the public/private distinction as exhibited in the legal conflicts between free expression and “coming out” and the right to be let alone; the reason/desire distinction, as manifested through sexual status versus sexual conduct; and the equality/diversity distinction which arises in the context of assimilation versus difference.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus 11/5/2012 (pdf)

Course Notes:   


First Day Assignments: Read pp. 1-42 of Rubenstein’s Sexual Orientation and the Law (4th ed.).

Final Exam Schedule: 12/18 6-8pm  209 BLB    

This course will have:
Exam: YES

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

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