Race and the Law

This course provides an historical overview of race in the American legal system. Moving from slavery and the early treatment of Native Americans to the modern era, the course traces the evolution and development of current legal doctrine pertaining to race and racial discrimination. Students will gain an understanding of the foundations of modern antidiscrimination law, as well as an appreciation of the predominent critiques of the U.S. Supreme Court's jurisprudence in race cases. In addition, they will be encouraged to assess current and proposed approaches to race and racial discrimination by looking at the operation of race in a number of contexts, including affirmative action, the criminal justice system, voting, and intimate relationships.
Credits: 3

Type: SEM