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281.42 sec. 001 - Policing Families (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Rebecca Oyama  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Law 136
From January 12, 2023
To February 23, 2023

Course Start: January 12, 2023
Course End: February 23, 2023
Class Number: 32527
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 17
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

After decades of advocacy and activism, widespread calls to re-envision or abolish systems seeped in white supremacy have shaken long standing institutions and created new, real opportunities for change. One such system is due for a reckoning, but continues to operate away from the public’s scrutiny: the “child welfare” system. Also referred to as the “family regulation” system by some scholars, it is enmeshed in institutionalized racism and bias, yet remains largely out of the mainstream discourse of critical systemic change.

The U.S. has a long history of devaluing Black, Native American, and Latinx families and systemically separating children of color from their parents, from slavery and Native American boarding schools to family separations at the border and our current-day foster care system. Currently, 53 percent of all Black children and their parents in the U.S. will experience a child abuse or neglect investigation before the child's 18th birthday; compared to only 28% of white children and parents. Once a family is under investigation, children of color are removed from their families’ care at higher rates; within the foster care system, their outcomes are worse at every stage of subjective determination. Yet the most common allegation among their cases is neglect, which is interwoven with poverty - for accusations like an unclean home, excessive school absences, or lack of access to medical care. What’s more, elected officials in some states have weaponized this system to target LGBTQ youth and their families. How might we better ensure that children are safe from harm? That parents who are struggling to meet the demands of parenting are supported? What alternative systemic solutions exist to invest the billions of dollars that are spent on the foster care industrial complex each year?

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.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Family Law
Race and Law

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