Social Identity, Critical Theory, and the Law (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 6/14
Credits: 1
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TWRF
  • 1300-1600
  • WB278
01/17/2023 01/20/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Over the last several years questions of social identity, power, and oppression have (again) taken center stage in political and legal debates. In this seminar we will read some of the classic works of critical theory as well as more recent legal and philosophical work on such topics as sexual harassment, affirmative action, and free speech. Readings will include essays by such thinkers as by Kwame Anthony Appiah, Angela Davis, Catharine MacKinnon, and Tommie Shelby, as well as more recent short essays and op-eds

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be graded primarily on class participation and on one 10-12 pp. paper (on a topic of your choice) to be completed after the class sessions and due no later than noon on Feb.3rd via EXPO.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: See course description.
Course Notes: This course will be philosophical/theoretical, but students do NOT need to have a philosophical background to take it.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Saturday, January 14, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Monday, January 23, 11:59 PM