Course Details

Discrimination Law

This survey course will provide an overview of federal constitutional and statutory anti-discrimination law in a range of contexts, including education, voting, housing, and employment. This course will also encourage students to consider the proper role of the law in addressing discrimination and inequality, as well as social science perspectives underlying understandings of discrimination and prejudice given the increasing importance of these issues in contemporary anti-discrimination law jurisprudence and public policy discourse. The focus of this course will be on discrimination based on race and sex, but some attention will also be given to discrimination based on other characteristics, including sexual orientation and disability. Over the course of the term, we will explore topics such as competing frameworks for antidiscrimination law, including anti-classification and anti-subordination approaches to equal protection; constitutional and statutory doctrines, including disparate treatment and disparate impact; the roles of courts, legislatures, administrative bodies, and private actors in addressing discrimination; models of bias; and justifications for affirmative action.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 734

Course History

Fall 2018
Title: Discrimination Law
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 70     Actual: 25