Racial Justice and Law

Racial Justice and Law

Professor Guy-Uriel Charles
Spring 2019 course
M, T 10:20am - 11:50am in Hauser Hall Room 104
3 classroom credits

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: No Exam
Students will need to write papers as the method of assessment in this class.

This is a survey course in racial justice and law. We will examine contemporary controversies at the intersection of race and law. The aim of this course is to critically examine the role that law has played in creating, maintaining, resisting, and dismantling a racial class system. The class will explore several different propositions about the role of race in American society, such as the propositions that race is less significant today in this supposed "post-racial" age; or that racial injustices arise only sporadically and as exceptions to an otherwise egalitarian system; or that race has been and remains central to American law, history, policy, culture, or society. Because this is a class about both law and race, we will pay particular attention to role that law has played in influencing both race and the settings in which race operates.

Though this class is about contemporary racial controversies, we will first try to understand the historical areas such as interracial intimacies and family formation; primary and higher education; employment discrimination; policing and criminal justice; voting; and hate speech.

Subject Areas: Constitutional Law & Civil Rights, Disciplinary Perspectives & Law