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747 - Civil Rights
Professor: john a. powell
Semester: 2010 Winter
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
Civil rights is largely about who belongs to the polity and part of the national community and what rights and benefits attach to such belonging. Who belongs and the rights accorded or denied associated with that membership is law of civil rights. Civil rights law however, does not just distribute rights but is also important in the constitution of the legal subject and in the making of public and private identities. This course will survey the history of civil rights laws and issues with a strong focus on race and ethnicity. It will also look at other categories such as gender and age. The development of civil rights law will be explored by studying a number of legal doctrines such as housing, public accommodation, education, employment, voting, and the criminal justice system. The course will look at development of constitutional doctrines such as anti-discrimination, color blindness, and anti-subordination to see if these doctrines satisfy the evolving aspiration of belonging.
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