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Sex Discrimination

This course will examine sex discrimination law. It will focus on constitutional law and antidiscrimination statutes, including Title VII and Title IX. It will cover topics including constitutional scrutiny for laws that draw sex-based distinctions, sex discrimination in employment and education, sexual harassment, and discrimination on the basis of LGBT status. It will explore questions including: what are the harms that sex discrimination law aims to address?; how does sex discrimination relate to discrimination based on race and other prohibited classifications?; when, if ever, are sex-based policies or distinctions justified?; and what legal interventions might be effective in reducing sex discrimination? The course will examine legal doctrine from various perspectives including history, economics, sociology, literature, philosophy, and feminist theories.