Race and the Law Law 3002
- Credits: 2 letter-graded hours
This seminar will explore the historical and contemporary treatment of race in the United States by both the courts and the legislature. The seminar will employ an interdisciplinary approach to examining the social and political forces that have and continue to contribute to the development of legal doctrine in the areas of education, employment, interracial sex and marriage, and public accommodations, among other things. Throughout, the seminar will explore the definition of race, the intersection of race and gender, the interplay of race and class, the juxtaposition of various ethnic groups, and the utility of a biracial dichotomy in a multiracial and multiethnic society. Most of the seminar will focus on particular racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. society (e.g. African-, Asian-, Caucasian-, Native-, and Mexican Americans).