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796.20L - Race and the Criminal Law
Professor: Sharon L. Davies
Semester: 2012 Winter
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
Means of Assessment: Class Participation, Presentation and Final Paper
This seminar will examine questions relating to the myriad ways in which race intersects with the law, and in particular, with the criminal justice system. The seminar is designed to give students an opportunity to consider issues of racial justice in depth. Through assigned materials and student-directed work, our discussions will cover a wide array of issues, including: implicit associations and enduring perceptions of black criminality, racial and ethnic profiling, race and traffic stops, policing at the border, racial and ethnic sentencing disparities, the use of excessive force, felon disenfranchisement, prisoner re-entry and public policy, and more.
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