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 approaches to resolving issues involving race. These approaches are built on assumptions about how people do, and should, think about race, how race shapes human interaction, and correspondingly how the law should regulate such issues (both substantively and procedurally). This course investigates the claim that the law's account of whether,how, and why race matters in a given context 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 course analyzes a subset of legal topics in which race can play a prominent role (issues may include, for example, criminal and civil procedure, employment discrimination, and affirmative action). It applies findings from both fields to analyze and critique the assumptions underlying existing legal doctrine, and to think about alternative approaches and their potential implications. The course will also evaluate possible interdisciplinary synergies between law and social psychology, as well as potential points of conflict.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2019 - 2020

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
David Simson 19S 690 SEM 1 T 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; Critical Race Studies; Public Interest Law and Policy;