INTELLIGENCE, TESTING AND THE LAW
(LAWI-4063) - 2 UNITS

This course examines the role that the concept of human intelligence and the primary mechanism for measuring "intelligence" -- standardized tests -- play in legal disputes. Topics to be covered include: the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the prominent role that standardized tests play in the American educational system and American society as a whole, the debate surrounding the validity of the use of particular standardized tests in high-stakes decision-making such as selective undergraduate and graduate admissions, competing explanations for gender, racial and socio-economic disparities in standardized test scores and the extent to which the law permits or restricts the reliance on standardized testing in particular contexts.

Prerequisites:
None