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Louisville, Kentucky


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SOC 337

Motherhood and the Law

This course will examine the various ways the legal system impacts and regulates mothers. Students will critically analyze the effect court decisions and laws have on mothers using an intersectional approach (as developed by Kimberle Crenshaw). The course begins with setting a theoretical framework - built on both theories of motherhood and legal analysis - and from there will study the interplay between the law and motherhood, from reproductive rights through raising children. This course is designed to give students an understanding of how the justice system impacts mothers' lives, maintains systems of inequality, and regulates their bodies

Units: 3.0