Sexual Expression, Conduct and Work in Canada (Jochelson)
This course surveys selected issues involving sexual work, performances, expression and the criminal law. The main focus of the course is on the development of obscenity and indecency laws, prostitution-related laws, voyeurism laws, artistic expression, revenge pornography, cyber sexual crimes, bestiality laws, campus sexual regulation and hateful sexual speech. Study of these topic areas is based on a doctrinal, socio-legal and anthropological history of sexual regulation beginning in ancient Pompeii and leading to assessment of law in modern day Canada. The course thus explores theories underpinning freedom of expression, equality and liberty. The course engages doctrinal issues in criminal law, constitutional law, tort law and to a certain extent, jurisprudence and the philosophies inherent in law and society approaches.
The course does not consider directly the law of sexual assault since the law of sexual assault is dealt with in other law school offerings.
This course contains strong sexual content, both in print and in film. The discussions, readings and visual representations may be disturbing to some students. In particular language with strong sexual content may be studied. The assigned documentary we will be showing (or viewing at home) has adult content and depicts graphic (though legal) displays of sexuality and nudity.