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286T sec. 1 - Race & American Law (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Ian F. Haney-López (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 134
Course Start: January 11, 2011
Course Control Number (1Ls): 51197
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49996
Intended as an introduction to the subject, students in this course will argue some of the most important contemporary questions regarding race and law. Using a debate format and working together in teams, students will prepare and deliver statements on topics that will likely include the following: the intent standard in Equal Protection doctrine; affirmative action; reparations for slavery; colorblindness; whether a class analysis should supplant a focus on race; identity politics and the elevation of race over gender; and civil rights for undocumented immigrants. The course has a heavy reading load and emphasizes class participation. It overlaps only slightly with the instructor's Constitutional Law course and New Racial Studies seminar, and may be taken concurrently with either. Enrollment is limited to 35 students.
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A reader will be used in this class.
Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.