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222.8 sec. 1 - Colorblindness: The Mind and the Law (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Ian F. Haney-López  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
Instructor: Victoria Plaut  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 115

Course Start: January 10, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49598


Colorblind ideology lies at the heart of important historical and current debates on race and U.S. law. This seminar approaches “colorblindness” from legal and psychological perspectives. On the legal side, colorblindness serves as shorthand for the notion that Equal Protection disfavors all state uses of race equally, whether the government intends to enforce or to alleviate racial oppression. It also incorporates the corollary claim that the Constitution remedies only “intentional” discrimination. On the psychological side, it stands for an approach toward issues of race that emphasizes the technique of non-recognition, of not noticing and hence not acting in reliance on race. Utilizing cases, legal articles, and psychological studies, the seminar explores the origins and evolution of colorblindness in law with particular attention to critiques based in psychology. It also explores aspects of colorblindness in contemporary politics and culture. A final paper of 30 pages is required, which may be used to satisfy the law school’s writing requirement.

This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
Law and Society
Public Law and Policy

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