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209.45 sec. 001 - Psychology of Diversity and Discrimination in American Law (Spring 2019)

Instructor: Victoria Plaut  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Meeting:

    W 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
    Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
    From January 09, 2019
    To April 19, 2019

Course Start: January 09, 2019
Course End: April 19, 2019
Class Number: 32041

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 7
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM


How does the psychology of culture, race, and ethnicity shape the legal pursuit of diversity and equal treatment? How are Americans thinking about, reacting to, 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: inclusive institutional design; psychology of desegregation, colorblindness and equal protection; "critical mass," "diversity benefits," and affirmative action; stereotyping, intent, and discrimination law; psychology of sexism in the workplace; psychology of social class and poverty.


Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.


Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may fulfill Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to qualify for Option 2, all students in the class must be writing a paper of 30 or more pages. Those students who wish to use this paper for the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their drafts for comment and revision.

Option 2 form needed:
https://www.law.berkeley.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Writing_Requirement_2017.pdf


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

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