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212.8 sec. 001 - Anti-Blackness and the Law (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Asad Rahim  
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 20, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Course Start: August 20, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number: 34228

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This seminar explores how anti-Blackness has been key to the creation and evolution of both American law and American society. We will examine anti-Blackness as an organizing principle across various domains including the criminal legal system, education, public health, employment, and housing. In exploring this topic we will take an interdisciplinary approach, blending case law, empirical studies, critical theory (namely critical race theory, Black feminist theory and Afro-pessimism) as well as the ideas of activists and other intellectuals situated outside of academia.

The course will take as a given that the study of anti-Blackness requires an intersectional lens: special attention will be paid to how gender, class, sexual orientation and trans-experience produce unique forms of anti-Blackness.

Seminar discussions will proceed from the assumption that participants have some familiarity with the study of race and/or racism. Therefore, it is recommended that interested students have completed relevant coursework (either in law school or in prior studies), or have some other relevant background experience.

Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

Only those students who are able to attend live sessions at the designated class time should enroll.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

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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