Fall 2013
    Law No.: LAW9211
    Sched. No.: 113821690

Work and Family in Law and Culture*
Section 1
Abrams, Karen L.
Coughlin, Anne M.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):F, 1130-1330 (WB129)
Capacity:17 **This information is current as of 04/23/2014 06:15:10 AM**
Current Enrollment:13 **This information is current as of 04/23/2014 06:15:10 AM**

Course Description:

In this seminar we will examine the ways in which work, family, and their relationship are defined, represented, and regulated by legal and literary texts. Our main objectives will to be to develop an understanding of the legal construction of work and of the family, both as a means of recognizing existing social structures and as a mechanism for regulating individuals and groups, and to consider those aspects of work and family that elude law or, more prosaically, that cannot be reduced to legal concepts. Readings will include a variety of texts, including cases, statutes, novels, short stories, films, and theoretical articles. Through these texts, we will explore such topics as the historical foundations of the family in our culture, gender relations within the workplace and the family, work and family under slavery, the economics of marriage and family dissolution, state support for impoverished families, the role of immigrant care-workers, family leave policies and their impact on the workplace, and more. Over the course of the semester, each student will write three 6-to-8 page papers.

NOTE: Laptops are not allowed during class sessions.

COURSE REQUIREMENT: Three 6-to-8 page papers. NOTE: Students seeking to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement must submit a completed Writing Requirement Intent Form to the Student Records Office no later than October 2, 2013 - retroactive exceptions will not be granted.