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Critical Race Theory and Jurisprudence | L47xx

This course covers critical race theory, an intellectual and political movement focusing on race and racism that emerged in law schools in the late 1980s, and its relationship to American jurisprudence. The course will trace the intellectual history of the movement through the key writings that formed the center of the movement. Students will investigate the emergence of critical race theory’s major intellectual and political commitments, as well as its divisions and internal dissents, and will examine and critique critical theory concepts such as intersectionality, essentialism, and interest convergence. The course will also apply a critical race theory lens to contemporary legal topics, such as police brutality, affirmative action, and immigration. Students will consider criticisms of critical race theory by liberal and conservative theorists, and will interrogate whether critical race theory remains the appropriate lens for race in America today.

Prerequisites: N/A
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement. (ULW)


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