Extremism and the Law | L4246

Racism. Sexism. Gay-bashing and immigrant-bashing. These are the creeds of America's domestic extremists. From the Ku Klux Klan to the Westboro Baptist Church, hate groups represent our nation's ongoing battle with domestic terrorism. In this course, students analyze the ways in which extremist groups impact the law. How should hate and extremism be defined in the domestic context? In what ways do extremist ideologies and hate groups influence mainstream ideologies and policies? How do the activities of domestic terrorists influence the development and implementation of laws? Are laws, such as hate crimes statutes, desirable? How should our nation balance the First Amendment rights of hate mongers with the rights of others and with the harms inflicted on others? When should hate speech, for example, become legally actionable? This course touches on many areas of the law, including torts, criminal law, employment discrimination and the First Amendment.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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