Fall 2022

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
LAWP 248-01 The Judiciary
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 248-01.Permission of Instructor Required. A study of the structure, processes, and institutional role of the American judiciary. Topics may include: the adversarial system, criminal and civil procedure, implementation of court decisions, judicial decision-making, legal development, and legal reasoning. Special attention is given to the federal judiciary, especially the Supreme Court. Prerequisites: POSC 120 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as POSC 248. A study of the structure, processes, and institutional role of the American judiciary. Topics may include: the adversarial system, criminal and civil procedure, implementation of court decisions, judicial decision-making, legal development, and legal reasoning. Special attention is given to the federal judiciary, especially the Supreme Court. Prerequisites: POSC 120 or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as POSC 248.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
DENNY 313
LAWP 290-01 Gender Identity & International Human Rights Law
Instructor: Mireille Rebeiz
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGSS 302-02.This course examines the intersection of gender identity, gender violence, and international human rights laws. It explores the definitions of gender identities and their protections (or lack of) in main international human rights texts. Through the lens of gender and legal feminist theories, this course examines various human rights such as the right to equality and non-discrimination based on sex, the right to privacy and family life, the right to peace and clean environment. It studies cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, and enforced disappearance of persons. This course offers a transnational legal perspective and gives examples from different legal traditions (common law and civil law) and different countries.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
BOSLER 208
LAWP 400-01 Religious Freedom
Instructor: Kathryn Heard
Course Description:
In this senior seminar, we examine historical and contemporary examples of the laws regulation of religion in order to think critically about the values of freedom, liberty, and equality in democratic societies. We will bring a range of classic texts on religion (such as John Lockes A Letter Concerning Toleration, John Stuart Mills On Liberty, and Karl Marxs On the Jewish Question) to bear on watershed legal cases (on such issues as polygamy, religious dress in the workplace, the consumption of spiritual hallucinogens, and faith-based objections to healthcare). In doing so, we will also examine how the democratic tensions illuminated by the aforementioned texts are made manifest in modern culture by interpreting street art, ethnographic accounts of spiritually-driven lives, and popular media. Some of the questions we will explore include: What counts as religion in the eyes of the law? How has the relationship between religion and the law been historically understood in the liberal democratic state, and how do these historical understandings account for (or refute the possibility of) religious difference? How might contemporary socio-cultural developments like the recent refusal of some religious individuals to serve same-sex couples help us to uncover what assumptions the law makes about the proper practice of religion? Can religious freedom and individual liberty truly coexist within a democratic state? Fundamentally, this course critically attends to how the law has served to shape both religious practices and cultural values. As a result, students will emerge from this course with a nuanced understanding of how law and religion are not separate entities, but rather generative of one another.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, W
ALTHSE 206