LEGAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES IN THE REGULATION OF INTIMACY Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define the constitutional concept of “privacy” as protected by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
- Evaluate the state justifications for regulating intimate and private decisions, actions and relations.
- Describe the complex relationship between individual autonomy and the public good
- Analyze the substantive law on privacy topics, including abortion, contraception, marital and non-marital intimate relations, same-sex intimate relations and same-sex marriage.
- Evaluate the reasoning of judicial opinions on privacy topics
Examines the ways in which the state regulates intimate and private relations and the justifications for such regulation. Particularly focuses on the attention paid to the public health and morality justifications offered by the state for the enactment and enforcement of privacy laws. Topics include: when state regulation of intimate decisions, actions and relationships is justified; the regulation of consensual sexual activity; the regulation of contraception and abortion; the regulation of same-sex sexual activity; and the regulation of same-sex marriage.
graduate and undergraduate students at the School
Methods of Assessment
Grading Policy: Two written comments (40%); research paper (50%); and class participation (10%)
Grading Restrictions: Letter grade
Academic Ethics Code
The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Disability Support Services
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