S. Critical Race Theory Workshop

Course Information

Course Number
L9219
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Areas of Study
Racial, Economic, and Social Justice
Type
Seminar
Additional Attributes
Online Course

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

This seminar explores the interdisciplinary scholarship on "race," racism and law known as Critical Race Theory (CRT). The seminar will pursue two main, overlapping goals. The first is to introduce key concepts associated with CRT, and to map the modes of inquiry critical race theorists have developed to examine the uses of race and racial discourse in U.S. law. The second is to apply CRT frameworks in student-directed theoretical and action based research on the uses and limits of law and lawyering in contemporary racial justice and human rights advocacy. This year, the seminar will undertake an extended case study of the campaigns to end "prison slavery" and compulsory prison labor in the U.S., with a special focus on the legal efforts to amend the federal (Thirteenth Amendment) and state constitutional provisions that authorize "involuntary servitude" as a punishment for crime. Weekly seminar meetings will focus on close reading, viewing, discussion or production of a broad range of materials: case law, statutes and administrative regulations; scholarly writing in law, history, politics, and social and cultural theory; the performance arts, film and video, journalism and new media platforms.

By the end of the semester, seminar members may expect to have a firm grasp of the key terms, genealogy and development of CRT as a scholarly movement; to understand the main points of convergence and divergence between CRT and conservative, liberal and left discourses on race and rights in the "post-civil rights" era; and to develop an applied, experiential perspective on how CRT can be used as a theoretical and practical tool by social movement advocates and activists.

School Year & Semester
Fall 2020
Location
TBA TBA
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Thursday
5:40 - 7:30 pm
Points
3
Method of Evaluation
Paper
J.D Writing Credit?
Minor (automatic)
Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project
(only upon consultation)

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
Constitutional Law Human Rights
Other Limitations
None

Additional Section for S. Critical Race Theory Workshop

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Summer 2021

Instructors

Location

JGH 103

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday

Points

2
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