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212.3 sec. 1 - Critical Race Theory (Spring 2014)
Instructor: Ian F. Haney-López (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Russell Robinson (view instructor's profile)
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Meeting Time: Th 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 107
Course Start: January 09, 2014
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49552 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49550
This seminar explores established debates within Critical Race Theory and introduces students to new directions within that genre. CRT originates in critiques of antidiscrimination law and in reactions to Critical Legal Studies. Beyond tracing these intellectual influences, this seminar will delve into recent CRT scholarship arguably marking a renewed vigor in legal scholarship on race. The seminar will draw heavily on student participation, and requires a thirty-page paper that may be used to satisfy the substantial writing requirement. Students will be invited to write in areas of their particular interest, with the expectation that they will draw on CRT scholarship in framing their analysis.
By way of comparison, the CRT seminar presumes familiarity with the basic canon of U.S. race cases that are taught in Professor Haney López’s course Race and American Law, and covered less extensively in introductory Constitutional Law courses. The CRT seminar will focus almost exclusively on legal literature, though it will range broadly, from structural racism to the performance of racial identities, from gender to class to color.
Please note that Professors Robinson and Haney López are unlikely to supervise student writing projects outside the scope of this class. Admission to the course is limited to 20 students.
This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.
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