Antidiscrimination Law

This course explores the basic assumptions underlying antidiscrimination law so that we can reason critically within legal doctrine, and about legal doctrine. Topics in constitutional law (especially concerning equal protection and privacy) are covered, as well as certain bodies of civil rights law (especially concerning employment discrimination). The course critically analyzes such questions as: What forms of state action does the law recognize as actionable discrimination? Does the law adequately recognize differences, and similarities, in the forms of discrimination directed at racial minorities, women, and sexual minorities? How might the law recognize and redress discrimination directed at persons who are members of several racial, gender, and sexual identity groups? How should the law mediate the sometimes inevitable conflict between liberty/free speech and equality/equal protection? These questions are considered in a variety of contexts, including education, the military, the criminal justice system, and the work place. To help students think critically through antidiscrimination concepts and doctrine, the class reads a variety of interdisciplinary material, including critical race and feminist theory.
Credits: 3

Type: SEM