S. Critical Race Theory Workshop

Course Information

Course Number
Curriculum Level
Areas of Study
Racial, Economic, and Social Justice

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 map the modes of inquiry critical race theorists have developed to examine the uses of racial discourse and power in U.S. law. The second is to apply CRT frameworks in student-directed theoretical and media based projects. This year, the seminar will undertake an extended case study of the legal, social and political issues raised by "prison slavery" and compulsory prison labor in the U.S. Special attention will be devoted to the legal and political 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. Each week, students will also participate in a specially designed podcast production lab for the second season of the CLS student-produced podcast series CRT2. 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. Students can also expect to have learned and applied podcast production skills in team-based podcast projects related to the themes of the seminar.

School Year & Semester
Fall 2022
WJWH 416
Class meets on
  • Thursday
4:20 pm - 7:10 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D Writing Credit?
Minor (automatic)
Major (only upon consultation)
LLM Writing Project

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
Instructor Co-Requisites
Recommended Courses
Constitutional Law Human Rights
Other Limitations