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LAWS 3348 Advanced Topics in Civil Rights:Microaggressions (Fall: 2 )

Course Description

The Civil Rights Movements of the 1960's and '70's eliminated formal barriers to participation in nearly all American institutions. Nevertheless, it is apparent that informal barriers remain. What are these barriers and how do they inhibit women and minorities from moving forward? Numerous authors have tried to answer this question by describing and documenting certain kinds of race based behavior. These include micro-aggressions ("subtle verbal and non-verbal insults directed toward non-Whites, often done automatically and unconsciously"), implicit bias, denial, stereotyping, stigmatizing, profiling, over-reliance on "old boy networks," etc. In this seminar, we will read descriptions of these phenomena and consider what, if anything, the legal system or society should do about them.

Instructor(s): Catharine P. Wells

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17