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AFR 372F • Race In The Law
MWF 1200pm-100pm JES A217A
This course will give students a foundation for understanding the historical and contemporary race issues in law in the United States. The framework for the course will be historic court cases and statutes spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. The cases and statutes studied will involve various matters, including citizenship, segregation, criminal justice, and affirmative action. The course will emphasize identification and critical analysis of discrimination and oppression.
The goal of the course will be to examine how race issues are embodied in and interact with law, both from a historical and contemporary perspective. By the end of the course, students should be capable of gaining a rudimentary understanding of and expressing the strengths and weaknesses of legal arguments.
At least one short paper in the course will require students to analyze 2012’s Fisher vs. University of Texas affirmative action case.
Texts (needs to be specific texts, not “course packet” or “TBA)”:
Race, Racism and American Law by Derrick Bell
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Race, Crime, and the Law by Randall Kennedy
Simple Justice: The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equalityby Richard Kluger