Anti-Discrimination Law and Policy

This course provides an introduction to statutory and constitutional law that has been or can be deployed to fight discrimination across a variety of contexts (employment, housing, public accommodations, and education) and across a host of protected class bases (including race, gender, disability, age, and sexual orientation).

It will also pose questions that highlight embedded political and ideological assumptions -- left, right, and center -- that are either incorporated into prevailing legal doctrines or into challenges to those doctrines.

Reading of cases will be kept to a minimum; more preparation will be spent reviewing statutory materials as well as on interdisciplinary readings that pose significant questions about the development, direction, and efficacy of anti-discrimination law.

There is no final exam.  There are three short take-home exams over the course of the semester, each of which is designed to allow you to respond to two questions within 24 hours of the assignment (with plenty of time to spare).  Your grade may be adjusted up or down to account for participation or lack of participation, and will be adjusted downward to account for unexcused absences.

The use of laptops, tablet computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices is not permitted except as a matter of accommodation for disability.
Credits: 3

Does this course have a waitlist? No