Reproductive and Sexual Rights (Inter-disciplinary Human Rights Studies)
Course Number Law 3980
COURSE OBJECTIVES: This seminar course will deepen students’ knowledge on complex issues related to reproductive and sexual rights, encourage incorporation of insights from other methodologies and theoretical approaches into legal problem solving, and sharpen research and communication skills.
TEACHING METHOD: Many of the seminars will feature interactive presentations by guest speakers who are leading edge researchers or practicing professionals. As this is a seminar course, students are be expected to read assigned materials, attend the seminars and participate in dialogue with the guest and other participants. The seminars (which are open to anyone who wants to attend) usually will be two hours long and the student cohort will usually meet together in the third hour. To accommodate some speakers, occasionally seminars may be held at a different time and students are expected to make every effort to attend seminars that are scheduled at other times.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED MAY INCLUDE:
Non-criminal Responses to Gendered Violence: University Sexual Violence Policies; Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; Limits and Uses of Domestic Violence Protection and Prevention Orders
Criminal Responses to Sexual Violence and Stigmatized Practices: Police and Prosecutorial Policies in Sexual Assault Cases; Stigmatized Sexual Practices; HIV Disclosure and Sexual Assault Law
Human Reproduction: Surrogate Motherhood; Egg, Sperm and Gamete Donations; Issues in Pregnancy Termination
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Gender Queer Youth; Queer Politics/Queer Rights; The LGBT Purge Class Action; Participation in Elite Sports by Trans Identified People
Sex Work/Prostitution: Will Canada’s New Laws Survive a Charter Challenge? Comparing Sex Work Laws in India and Canada
EVALUATION Students will be graded on two written assignments and on class participation. The first written assignment (2000-2500 words) calls for a legal opinion on a problem related to university sexual violence policies. It will be due in early or mid-October and will be worth 20% of the course grade. The second assignment is a research paper (about 7-8000 words) worth 70% of the final grade. The paper will be due on the last day of classes in December. Students will be evaluated on participation and engagement (worth 10% of the final grade). Participation and engagement grades will be based on preparation, attendance and participation in the seminars; participation in the inter-disciplinary cohort events; inviting others to come to the seminars and engaging them in discussions on the issues; and delivery of a presentation on their paper.
INSTRUCTOR: Karen Busby