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Spring 2013
7325 SEM: Civil Rights/Section 1983 - ALEXANDRE- 30375
Added time/day 10-16-12

Professor(s): Michele Alexandre (DEPARTED)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 

Time: 2:30p-4:00p  TThLocation: 119  TU2

Course Outline: This course examines the protection of individual rights afforded by our jurisprudence as well as investigates the possibilities for solving existing inequities, which are not yet specifically (or fully) addressed by the law. This is a survey course intended to review both the causal and remedial relationship of law to discrimination as well as explore the many ways individuals' attainment of full civil and social protections can be achieved. Throughout the semester, students will be asked to consider the role of the law, its limitations, and the role of organizing and other non-legal approaches. The material will provide a brief review of the historic development of the provision of legal rights in various areas such as employment, public health, reproduction, law enforcement, etc. Students will examine and study various federal civil rights statutes (for example, but not limited to: Title VII, Section 1983, the ADA) their judicial application, and their interrelationships as a discretely significant body of law of increasing theoretical interest and practical importance. Furthermore, students will be asked to critically evaluate these areas of the law in order to determine how to best serve the needs of all citizens, particularly the underprivileged. Throughout, we will attempt to identify the various competing visions of equality that are reflected in civil rights legislation, case law and in the definition of discrimination itself. We will also review various critiques of anti-discrimination law, paying special attention to those questioning the effectiveness of seeking racial reforms through law.

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Course Notes: This seminar will be taught by Visiting Professor Michele Alexandre.  

Prerequisites: Yes  Constitutional Law

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No