Syllabus - YORK UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF LIBERAL ARTS AND...

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YORK UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF LIBERAL ARTS AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCE SOSC 1350 9.0 GENDER AND THE LAW F/W 2012-2013 Course Director: Julie Dowsett Office: 819 North Ross Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 and Fridays 10:30-11:30 (or by appointment) Phone: 416.736.2100 ext. 30349 E-mail: [email protected] Important: See sections “Primary Contact Person” and “Office Hours and Use of E-mail” on pages 5-6. Teaching Team (TAs): Tanya Aberman Daria Davydova (winter only) Claire Atherton Emilie Dionne Karen Bily Fabienne Doiron (fall only) Johannah May Black Julie Dowsett Alana Cattapan Shihoko Nakagawa Mielle Chandler Healy Thompson (winter only) Law and Society Program Office: 741 South Ross Program Administrative Assistant: Pamela Lamb Email: [email protected] Phone: 416.736.2100 ext. 20546 Course Description This course explores the role of gender within the context of Canadian law. Attention is paid not only to gender, but also to the ways in which gender intersects with race, ethnicity, sexuality, class and disability. This course employs a feminist socio-legal perspective to situate the law in its larger social context. The law is understood to both shape, and be shaped by, Canadian society as a whole. As such, this course draws on a variety of disciplines, including law, criminology, political science, sociology, history and women’s studies. The relationship between gender and the law is examined by applying theory to the evolution of legislation and case law in areas such as criminal law, family law, poverty law, employment legislation, immigration law, multiculturalism policy, and the Indian Act . Some of the major themes to be covered include: competing conceptions of how, and in whose interests, the law operates; how a multiplicity of masculinities and femininities are dealt with by law; the relationship between the law and the social construction of “normalcy” and “deviance”; and debates about whether the law constrains or enables meaningful social change.
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SOSC 1350 9.0 Gender and the Law Page 2 General Education/Foundations Designation This course is a designated first-year General Education/Foundations course. As such, it is designed to introduce students to university-level academic standards with respect to critical thinking, reading and writing. Other related skills such as note-taking, good study habits and time management are also covered. With the exception of guest speakers from the Writing Department and Scott Library, the critical skills component of instruction is primarily carried out in the two-hour tutorials. An excellent text geared to undergraduate students is Victor Shea and William Whitla’s book Foundations: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing (2nd edition), Toronto: Prentice Hall, 2005. This recommended course text is available at the York University bookstore and on 2-hour reserve at the Scott library.
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