Critical Race Theory

In the mid-1980s, a new scholarly movement developed in legal academe, Critical Race Theory (“CRT”). Early advocates of CRT—including Derrick Bell, Mari Matsuda, Charles Lawrence, Richard Delgado, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Patricia Williams—challenged both the substance and style of conventional legal scholarship. Contrary to the traditional notion that racial subordination represents a deviation from the liberal legal ideal, this body of work recasts the role of law as historically central to and complicit in upholding racial hierarchy as well as other hierarchies of gender, class and sexual orientation. The goal of this seminar is to examine the genesis of CRT and, in light of its theoretical commitments, to explore CRT’s possibilities and limitations. The Final Grade will be based on class room participation, an in-class presentation, and a Take Home Examination. Students may submit a Research Paper in lieu of the Take Home Examination only after having the paper topic certified with the Professor.
Credits: 2

Does this course satisfy the writing requirement? Yes

Is this course open to LL.M. students? Yes