Section Description Provided by Instructor
This course will provide an overview of federal constitutional and statutory antidiscrimination law while encouraging students to consider the proper role of the law in addressing discrimination and inequality. The focus will be on discrimination based on race and sex, but some attention will also be given to discrimination based on other characteristics, including sexual orientation and disability. We will explore: competing frameworks for antidiscrimination law; constitutional and statutory doctrines, including disparate impact; the roles of courts, legislatures, and administrative bodies, as well as private actors, in addressing discrimination; models of bias; and justifications for affirmative action. The course will consider such issues in a range of contexts, including employment, education, and housing.
MW 1:20-2:40 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Learning Outcome Goals
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of federal antidiscrimination law.
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired facility in doctrinal analysis, including close reading of cases and precedents, and application to facts.
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of values-based considerations in law-making
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of the use of the social sciences in the analysis of legal problems and institutions