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Legal and Public Health Issues in the Regulation of Intimacy

East Baltimore
4th term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Joanne Rosen

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.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the constitutional concept of “privacy” as protected by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution
  2. Evaluate the state justifications for regulating intimate and private decisions, actions and relations
  3. Describe the complex relationship between individual autonomy and the public good
  4. Analyze the substantive law on privacy topics, including abortion, contraception, marital and non-marital intimate relations, same-sex intimate relations and same-sex marriage
  5. Evaluate the reasoning of judicial opinions on privacy topics
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 40% Final Paper
  • 30% Written comments
  • 20% Presentation(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Priority given to MPH students; open to undergraduates when space is available

Instructor Consent:

No consent required