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Camille L Walsh
BIS 490
Bothell Campus

Senior Seminar

Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Prerequisite: BIS 300.

Class description

"Gender Law and Policy." Everyone has a gender identity. For most people that gender identity will substantially or subtly shape their range of rights and opportunities. This class will examine the ways in which gendered roles, privileges and power are implicated in many facets of law and policy.

Sex and gender haunt our political and legal cultures, from reproduction to education to employment. What does property law have to do with the rights of the family? How does sex education relate to the regulation of the advertising? In this class students will answer these questions and many more through a diverse array of evidence, grounded in complicating and contextualizing current legal and policy debates about sex, gender and the family.

Student learning goals

Students will be able to fluently discuss the role of gender in legal and policy debates on a variety of issues.

Students will understand the broad outlines of gender, law and policy as an interdisciplinary subfield.

Students will improve and develop writing and oral communication skills through analysis and discussion of gender-based debates.

General method of instruction

Seminar/discussion

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites necessary

Class assignments and grading

Several small writing assignments and a longer written analysis of some readings, chosen by the student.

Grades will be assigned primarily based on writing and discussion.


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 Camille L Walsh
Date: 11/04/2012