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Seminars


Please note: Honors Program students may register for one honors course per semester. Registration begins on November 2.

Spring Semester 2021


  • HON 132WB1 — Sexuality & the Law
    • Dr. Raymond Carman
    • MW 2 – 3:15 p.m. (Zoom)
    • 3 Credits

    The United States has more laws governing sexuality than anywhere else in the world. It would be almost impossible to teach a course that systematically investigates local, state and federal regulations of sexuality. Furthermore, many of the regulations, especially at the local and state level are just plain weird. Therefore, this seminar will focus primarily on the investigation of government regulation of sexual orientation, identity and expression. Topics to be covered include:

    • Theories of sexuality
    • State control and definitions of “family,” including issues surrounding marriage and parenting
    • Sexual criminalization and sexual privacy
    • Military policies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression
    • Discrimination by private entities on the basis of sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression

    In addition, we will explore the extent to which beliefs regarding sexual identity, religion, race, morality, and gender have shaped the law’s approach to sexuality, and the ways in which the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights is different from and similar to other rights movements.

    Students will write weekly reaction papers and be graded on their participation in discussions. Everyone will make a book review presentation.

    THIS SEMINAR WILL SATISFY THE SOCIAL SCIENCE COMPONENT OF THE PLATTSBURGH GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM.

    THIS IS A ZOOM SEMINAR.

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