Children and the Law

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Fall 2012 Course
Meets: Th, F 10:00am - 11:30am in WCC Room 3019
3 classroom credits

This course will examine the often competing interests of children, parents and the state, and law’s attempts to mediate those interests. We will consider law’s general approaches to childrearing and family privacy; parent-child conflicts, including child abuse and neglect; juvenile misconduct and the juvenile justice system; and children’s claims to autonomy with respect to speech, sex and medical care, among other claims. We will also examine the ways childhood is constructed by these relationships to law, aspects of childhood that are ignored by that legal construction, and ways the construction could be challenged and changed.

Subject Areas: Family, Gender & Children's Law .

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