Race, Crime and Justice
Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 3
This course examines the interplay of race, crime, and the law in the U.S. The course has two interrelated and underlying themes. First, the role of history as context for understanding contemporary laws that govern the criminal justice system. Second, how existing laws, their applications within the justice system, might be restructured and reimagined to further racial justice. Course readings and class discussions will examine a variety of topics including legally sanctioned segregation (e.g., slave codes and Jim Crow), racial profiling, jury nullification, hate crime, prosecution, and incarceration. Though the assigned readings primarily focus on the Black/White dynamic, we will also read and discuss material on other racial groups, including American Indians, Latinos/as, and Asian Americans. The course readings combine legal, historical, political, empirical, and sociological materials.