Course Details

Race, Social Science, and the Law

This interdisciplinary seminar will examine the scientific and legal foundations for and legal implications of race and racial bias, with an emphasis on three legal domains: (1) criminal law, (2) segregation, integration, and affirmative action, and (3) discrimination law. Each of these domains, in different ways, highlights the relationship between legal standards for decision making and the psychological science on how people think about legal and policy issues through a filter of race. The intersection of race with class and gender will be discussed as well. Throughout the course, students will read, discuss, and evaluate the pertinent legal standards and assumptions in the context of the contemporary psychological science. This seminar will leave students with the ability to find, evaluate and apply social science research to legal questions broadly, while also considering the particular application at the intersection of race, social science, and law. Evaluation Method: Evaluation will be based on class participation/attendance (15%), a presentation (10%), and a final research paper (75%). Class Materials: Cases, amicus briefs, law reviews, research journal articles, etc. as assigned (all will be made available online). Students who would like to complete the 3 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 603 Section 15 course section (class nbr 18777) during open enrollment August 26-September 25, 2015. Please note: 2-draft papers will not be an option.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 730
Additional Course Information: Perspective Elective,  Research Writing


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Race, Social Science, and the Law
Faculty: Peery, Destiny (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25

Spring 2017
Title: Race, Social Science, and the Law
Faculty: Peery, Destiny (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 20

Fall 2015
Title: Race, Social Science, and the Law
Faculty: Peery, Destiny (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25

Fall 2014
Title: Race, Social Science, and the Law
Faculty: Peery, Destiny (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25