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Heather Evans
LSJ 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Comparative Legal Institutions

Focused, comparative examination of legal institutions.

Class description

This course will explore the ways in which ambiguities in the law can exacerbate or mediate social marginalization, rendering members of groups more or less 'visible' in society. As examples, the class will focus on laws impacting the categorization and regulation of three populations: undocumented workers, transgendered people, and homeless individuals. Through these case studies, students will be asked to reflect on the role of legal ambiguity in reproducing social inequality, the ways in which legal 'gray areas' provide room for empowerment, and the broader impacts of the law in shaping identity.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a seminar course: readings and class discussion/participation.

Recommended preparation

Experience reading primary research materials. Recommended class status: juniors and seniors.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Heather Evans
Date: 03/11/2012