Critical Race Theory (LAW-682-001)
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Critical Race Theory is a diverse interdisciplinary field, which critiques the “objectivist” approach to the law and legal systems. Critical race scholars have sought to show that the law is socially constructed and as such is influenced by institutional and individual perspectives. Scholars have also argued that race, class, gender, and sexual orientation have always played a critical role in legal outcomes. This course examines the genesis of Critical Race Theory and explores its possibilities and limitations. The course should provide an opportunity to challenge basic assumptions about race, law, and racial justice. We will do so in a respectful and collegial environment. Topics we will study include racial identity, the social construction of race, employment discrimination, identity performance, education, criminal justice, racial profiling, and race, immigration and national security. Students will be assessed via class participation and other work culminating in a final paper.
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