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After completing the reading/listening/viewing assignments for the week, please answer TWO of the following questions. The total word count for your reflection should be 150-250 words. BE SURE TO CITE TWO OF THE ASSIGNED MATERIALS in your reflection.
What surprised you and why?
What did you disagree with and why?
To what extent is the law a useful tool to address the issue we are covering this week? Why?
How do the assignments relate to other topics covered in our class or current events?
What personal experiences have you had that impact your understanding of this topic?
Identify any state law that attempts to clarify/limit/expand the definition of sex (it could relate to bathrooms or sports or passports or anything else!) Why was this law created? Was there opposition to its passing? Has the implementation of the law been smooth? Do you feel that the law is working well? In your discussion, please respectfully articulate the cultural beliefs and personal emotions that shape the public discourse on this topic. The total word count for your research report should be 150-250 words.
We will spend two weeks studying Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which regulates behavior in employment settings. During this module, we will learn why this law was enacted and why it matters, how it works for a range of gender-related issues and both conservative and progressive perspectives on how best to implement the law.
Module Level Learning Goals
Explain sex discrimination laws in employment, including progressive and conservative perspectives on implementation
Analyze how religion, and specifically the concept of religious freedom, impacts employment discrimination laws
Explore how cultural beliefs about pregnancy and parenting shape public policy
This Module has four parts:
What does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act do?
Sexual harassment at work: What counts and who decides?
What does “because of sex” even mean?
Is there religious freedom to discriminate?
By Wednesday, June 29
Complete Module 3 What does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act do? Assignments
Sex-Based Discrimination | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [Official government site]. US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Just this page.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Law (SKIM)
Chamallas, M. Chapter 9: Of Glass Ceilings, Sex Stereotypes, and Mixed Motives: Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins. (2010). In Schneider, E. M., & Wildman, S. M. (Eds1). Women and law stories. New York: Foundation Press/Thomson Reuters. Pricewaterhouse chapter.pdf
Gender Socialization is Real (Complex) Devon Price, Nov 5, 2018, · 10 min read
Griffin, Chanté, How Natural Black Hair at Work Became a Civil Rights Issue July 3, 2019
Watch Instructor Video Module 3 What does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act do? (four parts)
Group B posts lessons; all other students watch and then participate in discussion
Submit #3 Reflection then read classmates’ reflections and discuss
By Friday, July 1
Complete Module 3 Sexual harassment at work: What counts?
“The Conversation: Prof Anita Hill and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford” Because of Anita” Podcast (Pineapple Street Studios & The Meteor)
EEOC Policy Guidance on Current Issues of Sexual Harassment Just Background Section
How the #MeTooPoliSci Collective is making a difference in political science (Nadia Brown)
Donegan, M. (2018, January 10 Istartedthelist.pdf The Cut.
Watch Instructor Video Module 3: What counts as sexual harassment?
Watch Interview with Executive Director Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus
Contribute before Group B Student-Facilitated Discussion Closes
Contribute before #3 Discussion Closes
Complete Policy Memo Worksheet Step Two (No submission)
By Wednesday July 6
Complete Module 3 What does “because of sex” even mean?
One-hour arguments in Altitude Express v. Zarda/Bostock v. Clayton County and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Symposium: LGBT rights and religious freedom—finding a better way **Homophobic Language Used
Instructor Video Module 3: What does “because of sex” even mean?
Submit #4 Reflection then read classmates’ reflections and discuss
By Friday, July 8
Complete Module 3 Is there religious freedom to discriminate?
Summary of Fulton v Philadelphia
Conscience in Commerce Article- Just Introduction
Symposium: LGBT rights and religious freedom—finding a better way
**Note: Homophobic Language Used
Instructor Video Module 3: A religious freedom to discriminate?
Contribute before #4 Discussion Closes
Unit Four: Sex Discrimination and Bodily Autonomy
We will spend the next two weeks exploring “all the other” places in your life where the law regulates (prohibits, enables, requires, etc) your life in gendered ways. We will learn how and why sex, pregnancy, and procreation are regulated by the state, how and why violence against women at home has been treated differently by law enforcement than other kinds of violence, how same-sex marriage became the “law of the land” and conservative and progressive perspectives on how/whether to regulate these personal aspects of our lives.
Module Level Learning Goals
Explain sex discrimination laws related to bodily autonomy, including progressive/conservative perspectives on implementation
Analyze key Supreme Court cases related to sex, gender, and bodily autonomy
Apply the concepts of racialized gender, intersectionality, identity politics, and marginalization to gender and the law
This Module has three parts:
Reproductive Rights, Responsibilities and Justice
Gender and Marriage