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.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 730

Additional Course Information: Perspective Elective, Research Writing

Course History

Spring 2020
Title: Race, Social Science, and the Law
Section: X1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 0