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Race and the American Legal System
AFAM 231
Fall 2007 not offered
Crosslisting: SOC 234

This course will examine the role of law in the construction of race in American society. A significant component of the African American struggle took place within America's legal institutions. The African American push for voting and civil rights, equal schools, and fair treatment in the criminal justice system have all had major impacts on the evolution of the American legal system. This course will stress the underlying social context of the legal rulings of judges on the matter of race. As such, we will see judge-made law not as deriving from a set of universal principles but rather from the negotiated outcome of underlying power configurations in society. In this course we will examine significant race-related cases from American history from critical sociological and critical legal perspectives that emphasize social structure and power.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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