CRITICAL RACE THEORY
(LAWI-1011) - 3 UNITS
This course will provide an introduction to Critical Race Theory (CRT). CRT takes a race-conscious approach to examine the ways in which law produces and reproduces social inequality and structural racism. By placing race as the central organizing concept of critique, Critical Race Theory reveals the ways in which facially race-neutral and colorblind laws have racially disparate impacts, and demonstrates the ways in which racially biased ideologies and structures operate through the law to produce systems of domination and subordination. The course will cover both canonical Critical Race Theory texts, as well as exploring current debates in Critical Race Theory, first by considering the CRT critique of liberalism, and then applying CRT to various topics in the first year course: torts, civil procedure, property, and criminal law.