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212.8 sec. 001 - Anti-Blackness and the Law (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Asad A Rahim  
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Tu 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 136
From January 11, 2022
To April 22, 2022

Course Start: January 11, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 15
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 07/19 11:58 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.

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

Interested students should email Professor short paragraph of no more than 200 words explaining your interest in joining the course. Please make the subject line of your email "Application for Anti-Blackness and the Law." The deadline to apply is November 5th, with decisions made the week after. After this date, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If selected, you will be sent the course control number to enroll.

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 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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