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212.8 sec. 001 - Anti-Blackness and the Law (Spring 2023)

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


W 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: Law 244
From January 11, 2023
To April 19, 2023

Course Start: January 11, 2023
Course End: April 19, 2023

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

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 these topics we will take an interdisciplinary approach, blending empirical studies, narratives and critical theory (namely Black nationalist theory, Black feminist theory, Black queer theory, abolitionist theory, and Afropessimism). We will also read the work of activists and intellectuals situated outside of academia.

Discussions will proceed from the assumption that participants have pre-existing familiarity with the study of race and racism. Therefore, interested students should have completed relevant coursework (either in law school or in prior studies), or have some other relevant background experience.

Interested students should email Professor short paragraph of no more than 200 words explaining your relevant background experience. Please make the subject line of your email "Application for Anti-Blackness and the Law." The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 7th. Decisions will be made within one week's time. After the initial deadline, 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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