Introduction to Law from a LGBTTQ Perspective
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This course will focus on an introduction to law and legal concepts through the lens of contemporary LGBTTQ issues occurring throughout the United States. We will start by analyzing legal issues: How does the legal system work when it comes to human rights specifically LGBTTQ issues? What systems have been created to allow discrimination to continue? What has been done and what has been used to combat these systems?
Also included is a basic overview of how law works and how it has affected the LGBTTQ community. We will examine different cases, rulings, and laws throughout Washington and the country. The most important and unique aspect of this course will be putting the lessons in to practice through taking one or more cases and breaking the class into teams to present, research, gather evidence, and do all of the procedural steps to bring the case to trial.
This course will be a dynamic way to understand legal issues with the practicality of a LGBTTQ focus and learning through a process of trial. It will allow one to look at both sides of an issue and clarify the goals and objectives one wants and develop ways to work for equality and justice from a holistic perspective. The experience can be expanded to confront all types of oppression in society by learning how to use the legal system to fight against oppression and injustice. Through this introduction to law, you will learn how to look at the systems of oppression throughout the country and how to combat these systems by utilizing the justice system. We will break down oppression from a legal perspective and discuss, analyze, and find the laws that contribute to allowing the oppression to continue and figure out ways to combat them.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
law, civil rights, activism, social justice work
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Friday, July 12, 2019 - 6:00 pm
Located in: Olympia