Law, Race, and Inequality
This course will examine the application of constitutional and statutory antidiscrimination law to race related controversies across a variety of settings. After some exploration of the historical origins of statutory and constitutional antidiscrimination law, the course will then consider antidiscrimination law as applied to contemporary controversies in specific settings, which may include criminal justice, college admissions, political participation, primary/secondary education, employment, housing, hate speech, and the formation of family relationships. The readings will be varied and will include judicial opinions, scholarly commentary, and social science research. Throughout, we will aim to understand both the specific challenges of regulating race in particular contexts, and the broader (and conflicting) conceptions of racial justice that inform law, policy and morality. Students in the seminar will write a substantial research paper of either 18 pages to receive 2 units of credit or 26 pages to receive 3 credits. Elements used in grading: Class participation and research paper.