Law-Related Courses Offered by Other Departments Summer 2021

NOTE: Areas listed are for the NEW PLAN only.

Session A-Six Weeks: May 24 – July 2
Session B -Ten Weeks: June 7 – August 13
Session C-Eight Weeks: June 21 – August 13
Session D-Six Weeks: July 6 – August 13
Session E-Three Weeks: July 26 – August 13
Session F-Three Weeks: July 6 – July 23
Session 12W-12 Weeks: May 24 – August 13

Session A (May 24 – July 2) six weeks

AFRICAM 136L:  Criminal Justice & Surveillance in America  Policing Race & Gender in the U.S. (3) (Area I or Area IV)

What is the relationship between the criminal justice system and surveillance in America? What role does power play in this relationship? How does this complicated relationship inform, reproduce, and engender understandings about race, class and sexuality? How has this relationship changed over time? How has technological change impacted this relationship? In this course, we will examine the relationship between the criminal justice system and the surveillance of vulnerable communities. We will examine social and historical trends, but our main focus will be on the evolution of this relationship since the mid-20th century, especially how this relationship developed in distressed urban neighborhoods in the post-Civil Rights era.

In this class, we will explore the relationship between policing, marginalized communities, and dynamics of power. Informed by historical, political, and social trends, we will examine how changes in legal regimes shape conditions in marginalized populations. Specifically, we will interrogate the institutionalization of the convict lease system, Jim Crow, and the War on Drugs to examine its impact on informal and formal policing practices. Using an intersectional framework, we will explore how policing reforms affect groups who are historically criminalized, surveiled, and incarcerated. We will conclude with how people resist and reimagine alternate forms of justice.

ETHSTD 180L 001 and 002: Racial Citizenship and US Immigration (3) (Area I or Area V)  Two Sections are being taught in Session A.
Students will examine the fundamental interconnections between race and the law within and beyond the U.S. from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. Possible course topics include The Carceral State; Race and Immigration; Social Movements and the Law; Citizenship; Indigenous Legal Systems; Law and Literature; and Race, Environmental Justice and the Law.

What do we mean when we say: “the United States is a ‘melting pot’ or a land of ‘immigrants’? What are the implications of such statements? Do these popular statements still hold true today? If so, what is the current image, picture, and state of US immigration today? Why does immigration and immigrants continue to play such an important role in understanding the trajectory of the country in general? One answer gives the impression that the origins of the United States lies in a history of migration with people from all over the world making it what it is today. Yet such popular understandings are fraught with contesting narratives and histories that suggest otherwise. This course explores, through an Ethnic Studies perspective, contemporary themes in US immigration that will help us chart/map several historical trajectories that contest the dominant narratives of US immigration as a ‘melting pot’ or a “land of immigrants.” Instead, by looking at immigration through the lenses of race, class, gender, sexuality, policing, and the nation, several themes emerge: 1) the United States as a settler colonial project furthered by white Supremacy and racial capitalism 2)the construction of an internal/external ‘other’ underpinning racial/sexual/gendered/class hierarchies and social divisions 3) the construction of an “illegal” subject without rights 4) and the militarization and enforcement of borders, boundaries, and walls at the local, national, and international level. Such themes help us understand the social/political/cultural/juridical landscapes and regimes in which (im)migration is shaped and understood in everyday life and more importantly how they may open opportunities for immediate and long term political/social action.

ISF 100E Globalization of Rights, Values and Law in the 21st Century (4) This interdisciplinary course is an introduction to the complex interplay of transnational values, international rights and legal institutions that increasingly govern social, cultural and geopolitical interactions in our contemporary world. Theoretical and methodological tools from the social sciences, jurisprudence, and philosophy will be applied in the analyses of these interplays. A study of rights and norms presupposes not only an understanding of the empirical evolution of rights traditions (including constitutional traditions) in a variety of global regions, but also an understanding of the theories of rights and laws that support such traditions as they are embedded in them (just war theories, peace theories, etc.) The study of rights and norms also requires an exploration of the transformations of crucial international norms and rights due to the formation of supranational institutions and organizations in the 20th century (UN, UNESCO, GO’s, etc.). The course will provide the students with an opportunity to place emerging transnational rights institutions into a historical and geopolitical framework. (Area II or IV or V)

UGBA 107:  Social & Political Environment of Business (3) (Area III)
Study and analysis of American business in a changing social and political environment. Interaction between business and other institutions. Role of business in the development of social values, goals, and national priorities. The expanding role of the corporation in dealing with social problems and issues.

Sociology 114:  Sociology of Law (4)   (Area II or IV)  Selected legal rules, principles, and institutions treated from a sociological perspective. Influence of culture and social organization on law; role of law in social change; social aspects of the administration of justice; social knowledge and the law.

Session D (July 6 – August 13) six weeks

Africam 139L: The Black Panther Party and American Popular Culture (3) (Area I)
This course will explore the rise and fall of the Oakland, California based Black Panther Party for Self Defense (BPP), and the role of the organization in rearticulating the urban narrative of resistance to power in America in the 1960s and 1970s. Consideration will be given to the unique relationship the BPP has had with government and law enforcement officials.

Eth Std 144AC:  Racism & the U.S. Law: Historical Treatment of Peoples of Color (4) (Area II or IV)
Intensive histori-legal survey of racism in the United States, exploring the legal antecedents of the country’s contemporary stratified society and emphasizing the role of law as a social policy instrument.Readings and lectures will investigate the prevailing legal currency of racism in the United States through an examination of the country’s formative legal documents and the consequent effects of a myriad of judicial decisions on peoples of color.

Film 177: Entertainment Law (4) (Area II, IV)
The practice of entertainment law in the United States lies at the intersection of a number of legal disciplines, among them Constitutional law, tort law, copyright law, and trademark law, and applies those disciplines to the world of entertainment. This course will introduce you to basic principles of those disciplines and their use in entertainment law. The goal of the course is to equip practitioners in film and media with an understanding of entertainment law sufficient to recognize legal issues that may arise in their practice so as to either avoid problems or find their solutions.

Political Sci 112B History of Political Theory (4) Early modern political thought up to the French Revolution, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. (Area V)

Political Sci 157A Constitutional Law of the U.S. (4) (Area IV or V) Fundamental principles of constitutional law, leading cases, causes, and consequences of legal decisions and their role in influencing, shaping, and constraining the American political system. A. Judicial Review and the Limits to National Power. B. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Session C (June 21 – August 13) eight weeks

Rhetoric 166 Rhetoric in Law and Politics (4) Examination of the role of rhetoric in the legal and political thought of a particular era or culture. Course may compare societies or periods. All foreign texts will be studied in English translation. (Area II)