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The Notorious RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Cases That Changed a Nation FLEX

Kirsten Bowman JD
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(726)
This course will introduce learners to Ruth Bader Ginsburg through her landmark cases on gender-based discrimination, which shaped the face of gender in America.

Class experience

US Grade 7 - 10
6 lessons//6 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Introduction to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The first class will introduce learners to RBG, and present the arguments and legal reasoning that led Ruth to win her first case of gender based discrimination at the federal appellate level, Moritz v. U.S.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
First Arguments
The second class will focus on Reid v. Reid and Durren v. Missouri, where Mrs. Ginsburg wrote legal briefs and argued in front of the Supreme Court to apply the equal protection clause to gender.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Understanding RBG's Legal Strategy
In the third class, learners will understand the legal strategy RBG employed during her advocacy days to not advocate simply on behalf of women, but to show that gender discrimination harms all of society - men and women alike. Frontiero v. Richardson and Craig v. Boren will be studied to illustrate this point.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Becoming a Supreme Court Justice
During the fourth class, we will turn to Justice Ginsburg and her time on the Supreme Court bench. Learners will study U.S. v. Virginia where Ginsberg penned the majority Supreme Court decision confirming gender equality as a Constitutional right.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
The final case to be studied in this course will be in the fifth week. Learners will understand Ledbetter v. Goodyear, a case based on equal pay and gender discrimination, in which Justice Ginsburg wrote a dissenting opinion, which provided the context of a Congressional change in legislation.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Her Supporters
In the sixth and final week, the class will turn to focus on the lawyers who served as role models and support for Ruth, such as Dorothy Kenyon, Pauli Murray, Melvin Wolf and Marty Ginsburg, in order to help learners understand that change and opportunity grows and builds with support from past and present.
Along all six weeks, this class aims to do several things. It aims to help learners see how the law can affect societal change and to consider how societal change can affect the law. It aims to give learners an early peak into legal reasoning and to introduce them to court cases in a manageable way to provide learners the confidence to know that the law is not inaccessible and to provide learners an easy way to understand case law. It also will provide a biographical sketch and introduce learners to a giant of the American legal field, the notorious RBG. Further, learners will leave this six weeks with an understanding and knowledge of the doctrine of equal rights within our U.S. Constitution and how gender equality is looked upon by the law. Finally, the course hopes to showcase to learners that even great giants and change-makers of America were assisted by support from others and that those who came before blazed trails for them, just as they have blazed trails for us.  
Homework Offered
Optional assignments to extend classroom learning are provided.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
If requested, grades and assessments are available. All assignments must be completed in order to receive grade or assessment.
Grades Offered
If requested, grades and assessments are available. All assignments must be completed in order to receive grade or assessment.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(726)
I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and completed my PhD in international law in 2023. 

I have travelled the world working for the UN as a... 
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weekly or $75 for all content
6 pre-recorded lessons
6 weeks of teacher feedback
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 12-17

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