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264.5 sec. 001 - Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law (Fall 2019)

Instructor: David Oppenheimer  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2


    Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 141
    From August 20, 2019
    To October 08, 2019

    Sa 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Location: Law 141
    On 2019-11-02

    Sa 09:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Location: Law 141
    On 2019-11-16

Course Start: August 20, 2019
Course End: November 16, 2019
Class Number: 32437

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

Course Description:
Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law uses a problem-based approach to examine a global view of anti-discrimination law, comparing US, European, and other national, regional and international legal systems, including those of India, Brazil and South Africa. The course covers five topic modules: employment discrimination and harassment (race, sex, age, disability); marriage equality (race, same-sex); affirmative action (race, caste, origin)/gender parity; hate speech (race, sex, religion); and secularism and the rights of religious minorities.

Some of the course material will be delivered on-line, through web-based presentations that mix brief lectures with simulated dialog, video and audio recordings of group discussions, debates, and interviews with 36 scholars and activists from six continents. For more on the Web Course materials see:

Instead of an exam or paper, students will be required to make a presentation of a research topic, as if at an academic conference. The research presentations will occur on Saturday November 2 and Saturday November 16, with these mandatory full-day presentation sessions replacing the last 6 regular class meetings. (Note that November 16th is the date of the Cal/USC football game. If you're planning to attend the game, don't sign up for this course. Note too that parking at Berkeley Law will not be available on that date.)

The workload of the course will be somewhat front-loaded, with a two-hour class meeting and two web-based homework each week for the first eight or nine weeks, followed by a month-long break during which students will meet individually with Professor Oppenheimer for assistance in preparing their presentations. (Thus, the casebook reading is concentrated in the first eight-nine weeks.)

Web Platform
Access to the on-line materials and discussion group will be through a Stanford-hosted web site. Stanford charges $75/student for access. The casebook, however, will cost far less than most casebooks, or may even be free (see below).

Reading assignments are from Oppenheimer, Foster, Han & Ford, Comparative Equality And Anti-Discrimination Law (3d ed. 2019). If the third edition is ready, it will be available in the bookstore or online. If it's not, the galleys will be posted on the B-Course site (thereby reducing the price to $0!).

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
Course Category: International and Comparative Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law
Social Justice and Public Interest

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