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Benjamin F. Gonzalez
LSJ 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Comparative Legal Institutions

Focused, comparative examination of legal institutions.

Class description

Law plays a significant role in defining the effects of race in American politics and the goal of this course will be to deepen students' understanding of these effects in specific policy areas. We begin by exploring the early historical formation of racial categories, the expanding definition of whiteness, and how these were used in the institutionalization of racial hierarchies in the United States. We then turn to an examination of the role of race in criminal and immigration policy and their associated laws. This class will emphasize participation and an exploration of these topics through class discussions.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Benjamin F. Gonzalez
Date: 05/25/2012