Course Description

LAWS 7525
Race and American Law
General Description:
Examines the judiciary's approach to racial discrimination from America's colonial period to the present day. Concludes with an analysis of the contemporary status of racial subordination in the legal system and considers recent scholarly critiques of the law's limitations in effecting racial justice. Employs an interdisciplinary approach and covers the experiences of American Indians, African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, and Chicana/os.

Select Term:

LAWS 7525-801


Credits: 3

Meeting Times & Locations:
   Tue,Thu   2:25 PM - 3:40 PM   WOLF 304

Advice Info: For those who might be interested in the Race and American Law class that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:25-3:40 this spring, I would like to give you a little information about the class. The syllabus is not yet finalized, but I do know the following: The class will consider both laws that explicitly address race -- in contexts like voting rights, employment discrimination and education -- and also the ways in which race impacts law in contexts that are theoretically race-neutral. The readings will include both casebook material and materials from newspapers and magazines that cover current issues. Grading will be based on 1) a 10-15 page paper due on or before Wednesday May 4; 2) a 5-page response paper discussing one of the substantive topics considered during the semester; 3) class participation (which will include a presentation on the topic covered by one of the two papers). If you have specific questions about the course, please feel free to email me.