AMST 377 Fall 2013 Race and American Law (D)

Cross Listed as HIST377, JLST377, AFR377, LATS377, LEAD377
American race history has its deepest and most troubled roots in racial slavery - a system protected by the U.S. Constitution, federal statutes and state laws. This course will first examine the core theme of Black and White race relations, beginning with the slavery clauses of the Constitution and continuing through the color-blind affirmative action decisions of the Supreme Court. This examination of Black and White racial construction will study the implicit definitions of race, racism and the power relations of racial subordinations. The class will next examine groups recognized in the law - American Indians, Asian Americans, and Latinos/as, with a focus upon their emergence as legal and historical actors. Each group will be examined as case studies in multiple forms of racial subordination. For American Indians, the theme is sovereignty and forced Americanization. For Asian Americans, we examine the creation of the racial themes of foreignness, model-minority and the post- 9-11 Islamic/Jihadist Terrorist. For Latinos, we will focus upon imperial conquest, immigration and "Latin" racial classifications. The course will use primary legal materials - edited Supreme Court opinions, federal and state statutes - as well as other legal commentaries.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: a 3-page reflection/racial narrative; a 3-page reflection on Black-White race; an annotated bibliography and final research paper of 15-20 pages
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: ASAM Related Courses,LATS Comparative Race + Ethnic Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 15-20
Class Number: 1452
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AMST377-01(F) SEM Race and American Law (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Neil Gotanda
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Greylock C 1452
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