Course Description

LAW 690 - Race, Social Psychology, and the Legal Process

Issues of race and racial inequality have shaped American history and continue to be at the forefront of debates about justice, fairness, and equality. The legal system has developed particular ways of analyzing issues involving race—including assumptions about how people do, and should, think about race, how race shapes human interaction, and corresponding conclusions about how the law should regulate such issues (both substantively and procedurally). This course investigates the claim that the legal account of whether race matters in a given context, how, and why is often incomplete and may not always be the most compelling account. Drawing largely on research in the fields of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Social Psychology, this class analyzes a subset of legal issues in which race can play a prominent role (including criminal and civil procedure, employment discrimination, and affirmative action), and uses learnings from both fields to critique the thinking and assumptions underlying existing legal doctrine. In building the foundations for this endeavor, the class will first introduce students to relevant terminology in CRT and Social Psychology, and evaluate the extent of possible interdisciplinary synergies between the two fields, but also point out potential points of conflict.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2017 - 2018

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
David Simson 17S 690 SEM 1 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 3.0 No Per instructor's discretion
Constitutional Law, Government, and Public Policy; Civil Litigation; Criminal Law and Procedure; Interdisciplinary Courses, & Cross-Listed Courses; Public Interest Law and Policy;