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Interdisc Perspectives on Law and Family (Mayeri)
Fall 2019   LAW 959-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
M 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall M28

Faculty
Serena Mayeri

Professor of Law and History

smayeri@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing

Grading
20% Participation,
65% Paper,
15% Other (An oral presentation may be required.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

With Permission of Instructor

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

This seminar will explore intersections between families and the law from the perspective of various disciplines, most prominently history and sociology, but also behavioral economics, psychology, anthropology, social work/policy, and critical theory. The course will cover topics such as marriage and divorce, nonmarital families, same-sex relationships, care and work, reproduction, child welfare, parentage, adoption, government benefits, intimate partner violence, migration, and family separation. We will also consider how interdisciplinary approaches inform the law through various channels, including legal education, amicus briefs, social movement activism, and expert testimony in legislatures and courts. Students will have a choice of a take-away exam or final paper. The final paper may, with the instructor’s permission, be used to fulfill the senior writing requirement.

Course Concentrations

Constitutional Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Family Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of family law; Perform legal analysis in the context of family law; Communicate effectively on topics related to family law; Demonstrate an understanding of how family law affects other areas of law.

Perspectives on the Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Public Interest
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of public interest law; Perform legal analysis in the context of public interest law; Communicate effectively on topics related to public interest law; Demonstrate an understanding of how public interest law is connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.

Equity and Inclusion
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.

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