Law and Social Justice Seminar|   [Archived Catalog]
2016-2017 School of Law Bulletin (Archived Copy)

LAWS 841 - Law and Social Justice Seminar|

Credits: 2/3

This course explores whether and to what extent our legal system, including its law schools, perpetuates or counteracts social injustice. Many of the readings derive from modern critical legal theory, particularly critical race theory and radical feminism, and from liberal and non-liberal responses thereto. These readings primarily address the subordination of particular groups in our society and ways in which taken-for-granted legal categories - such as objective/subjective, public/private, and negative rights/positive rights - serve to entrench hierarchies of power and wealth. Other readings include foundational political theories and classic texts on topics such as civil disobedience and justified revolution.

Prerequisites: None

Note: This course satisfies the perspectives course requirement. Students who elect to take this course for three (3) credits will write a paper that meets the writing requirement.

Basis of Grade: Paper

Form of Grade: Letter Grade