Critical Race Theory (LAW-682-001)
Llezlie Green Coleman
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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, two reflective essays, and other work culminating in a final paper. Students may write a longer paper to satisfy their Upper Level Writing Requirement or for a third credit. ***A draft syllabus has been uploaded but please note that there will be some minor changes and edits***
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: The Cutting Edge (3d ed. 2013)
First Class Readings
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