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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

GOVT 86.27 Ethics of the Family

The family is a social and political institution profoundly shaped by the law.   This course examines the family as a site of justice subject to normative assessment, and asks how the state ought to regulate the family and how citizens ought to act within it.  Questions include: Is there a right to procreate?  Do parents have rights to determine their children’s moral and religious educations?  Should marriage be legally recognized or incentivized?  How should household labor be shared between partners?  Is the gender wage gap unobjectionable if it results from women’s choices?  Throughout, we consider the practical implications of these theoretical questions for both public policy and individual ethics.



Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:TMV; WCult:W

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.