S. Critical Race Theory Workshop

Course Information

Course Number
Curriculum Level
Areas of Study
Racial, Economic, and Social Justice
Additional Attributes
Tutorial Seminar

Section 001 Information


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 examine modes and methods of inquiry critical race theorists have developed to investigate the uses of race and racial discourse in U.S. law. The second is to study three recent cases from the U.S., the United Kingdom and France in which claims and claim making about CRT emerged as an organizing framework, reference point and object of political mobilization and action beyond the boundary of legal thought and institutions (and in the case of the U.K. and France, beyond U.S. national borders).

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 will be able to (1) understand the key terms, genealogy and development of CRT as a scholarly movement; (2) recognize the main points of convergence and divergence between CRT and conservative, liberal and left perspectives on race and rights in the "post-civil rights" and "post-colonial" era; and (3) engage in comparative critical analysis of race and racial discourse as a locus of contemporary law and politics.

Each student will be expected to write three six to eight page papers over the course of the term.

School Year & Semester
Fall 2021
WJWH 103
Class meets on
  • Thursday
4:20 pm - 6:10 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D Writing Credit?
Minor (automatic)
Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project
Upon consultation

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
Instructor Co-Requisites
Recommended Courses
Constitutional Law Human Rights
Other Limitations
LL.Ms students can register for this seminar. LLMs: only two of the three course credits will count toward the 24 credit minimum for the NY Bar."