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212.3 sec. 001 - Critical Race Theory (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Russell Robinson  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 21, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 21, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 32126

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 11
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

This seminar explores established debates within Critical Race Theory and introduces students to new directions within that genre. CRT originates in critiques of antidiscrimination law and in reactions to Critical Legal Studies. Beyond tracing these intellectual influences, this seminar will delve into recent CRT scholarship marking a renewed vigor in legal scholarship on race. The class will also engage the influence of CRT in political discourse, including recent conversations about structural racism, reparations, and intersectionality. The seminar will draw heavily on student participation, and it requires a thirty-page paper. Students will be invited to write in areas of their particular interest, with the expectation that they will draw on CRT scholarship in framing their analysis.

By way of comparison, the CRT seminar presumes familiarity with the basic canon of U.S. race cases that are taught in introductory Constitutional Law courses. The CRT seminar will focus almost exclusively on legal literature, though it will range broadly, from structural racism to the performance of racial identities, from gender and sexuality, to class to color.

Please note that Professors Robinson is unlikely to supervise student writing projects outside the scope of this class.

Real-time 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 or have prior permission of the instructor 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:

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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