Critical Race Theory

Law 302



Writing Experience (WE)



Critical Race Theory (“CRT”) is a diverse intellectual and political movement that critiques the “objectivist” approach to the law and legal systems. CRT scholars argue that the law is socially constructed, influenced by institutional and individual perspectives and that race has always played a critical role in legal outcomes. This seminar uses CRT as a lens through which to analyze the centrality of the law in constructing and maintaining -- as well as dismantling -- racism, racial inequalities, and race itself. It provides an opportunity to challenge basic assumptions about race, law, and racial justice, in a respectful and collegial environment. Specific topics covered in the seminar include the social construction of race, affirmative action in education, employment discrimination, police brutality, mass incarceration, immigration, the intersection of race, gender, sexual orientation and class, structural inequalities and post-modern conceptions of race, among others.

Mandatory: None

Recommended: Constitutional Law

E. Wilson

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