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Fall 2013
6395 Race & the Law - CHASE- 25662
added 3-29-13

Professor(s): Anthony Chase (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 

Time: 9:00a-10:30a  TTh  Location: 117 TU2 

Course Outline: This course will examine the application of constitutional and statutory antidiscrimination law to race related controversies across a variety of settings. The course will begin with an exploration of the historical developments that led to antidiscrimination law, and with an introduction to the competing frameworks that define current antidiscrimination law: the discriminatory purpose and anti-classification approaches that feature prominently in equal protection doctrine, and the disparate impact framework that is incorporated into some statutory law. The settings that will be examined include criminal justice, college admissions, political participation, primary/secondary education, employment, housing, hate speech, and the formation of family relationships. In each of these settings, we will devote close attention to the role of antidiscrimination law in specific controversies. Throughout, our intellectual goals will be twofold: to understand the special challenges that race poses, and to appreciate more generally some of the dilemmas of legal regulation.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus pdf

Course Notes: Quota = 15  


Tuesday, August 27
Introductions, syllabus and intended direction of the class.
EXERCISE BEFORE CLASS: Short (maximum 500 words) essay identifying student’s race, and what student relies on to identify race. The essay should reflect the student’s experience living in a racialized society, e.g., when did you become first aware of the concept of race? What is your race? Have you lived and worked in a diverse community? School? Workplace? Has the “race” of others affected your life or the life of your family members? How? Describe your most positive experience related to race. Describe your most negative experience related to race.

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

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

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