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209.45 sec. 1 - Psychology of Diversity and Discrimination in American Law (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Victoria Plaut (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Tu 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont
Course Start: January 11, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 51137
How does the psychology of culture, race, and ethnicity shape the legal pursuit of diversity and equal treatment? How are Americans thinking about and doing diversity in their everyday lives? What are the predominant perspectives on diversity and how are they being deployed or challenged in legal battles over race-conscious policies? What are the implications for efforts to remedy historic intergroup conflict and discrimination? These will be the central questions of this course. We will examine concepts of race and culture, various understandings of and approaches to diversity found in the law, and the role of sociocultural structures in shaping the operation of anti-discrimination law and social policy. Special attention will be given to the use of diversity-related psychological research in law. Some topics include: cultural psychology and cultural defense; psychology of desegregation; psychology of colorblindness and equal protection; psychology of "critical mass" and affirmative action; stereotyping, intent, and discrimination; cultural differences in attraction and implications for discrimination; psychology of sexism in the workplace; psychology of social class and poverty.
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