This course will examine the relationship between race and criminal law in the United States. Through the use of legal cases, law review articles and contemporary analyses and critiques, the course will expose students to the ways that race has shaped the criminal law and its administration. The goal of the course is to explore both the historical and contemporary treatment of race in the United States by the courts, policy-makers and to examine the construction of race as a concept and identity in the law. Students will gain a basic understanding of legal decision-making at the various discretionary points in the criminal process and how race informs the exercise of discretion.
Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)