Critical Race Theory

This seminar will provide an introduction to Critical Race Theory (CRT) through foundational and contemporary texts from the academy and social movements. CRT. CRT is a race-conscious analytical framework for examining the ways in which social inequalities construct law and legal institutions, and vice-versa. With this objective, the seminar will explore CRT's origins as a response to theories of liberalism and Critical Legal Studies, and how legal reform strategies both advance and undermine racial justice in an array of contexts, including education, criminal law, employment, and reparations. Throughout the course, we will consider how constructions of race relate to other important dimensions of identity.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade with pass/fail option. Students will submit short reflections and a minimum 20-page final paper that will satisfy the Substantial Upper-Level Writing Requirement or the Additional Upper-Level Writing Requirement.