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283.4 sec. 001 - Advanced Civil Rights (Fall 2019)

Instructor: john a. powell  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2


    Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 244
    From August 22, 2019
    To November 22, 2019

Course Start: August 22, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 32399

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 5
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM

Statutory and constitutional civil rights have been in a state of flux. In the last few years, the Supreme Court has handed down landmark decisions dealing with Voting Rights, Fair Housing, marriage equality, and affirmative action. In 2015, the Supreme Court announced new law on marriage equality and held that disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act while making positive reference to implicit bias. The previous term, the Supreme Court narrowed the scope for race-conscious admissions in higher education. We are now seeing a realignment of racial and other identity. The court and law is always important in making meaning and distributing rights and belonging in the context. The Court’s reasoning and justifications is informed by a set of assumption that are shifting. This seminar will explore recent decisions and evolving statutory and constitutional civil rights jurisprudence. In particular, we will examine the implications of the new members Supreme Court nomination on previously contested decisions. We will look at these issues through the interplay of law, politics and culture. The course will be concerned with law, the boundaries of othering and belonging and the shifting meaning of these terms. How does the court give meaning to we in we the people? Who is included? Who is left out? And what are the rights and privileges associated with being part of the we? This course will look at where the law is has been and possibilities where it might go as well as the forces pushing in different directions and the challenges to the institution itself.

john a. powell is Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Professor of Law, African American, and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously served as the Executive Director at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University and the Institute for Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota. He was formerly the National Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is a co-founder of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council and serves on the board of several national organizations. john led the development of an “opportunity-based” model that connects affordable housing to education, health, health care, and employment. He has taught at numerous law schools including Harvard and Columbia University. His latest book is Racing to Justice: Transforming our Concepts of Self and Other to Build an Inclusive Society.

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

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