Law, Inequality, and Education Reform

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 17/18
Credits: 3

Course Description

In the United States, education serves as the foundation of our democracy and economy. Law and policy determine the quality of educational opportunities in the United States. Although law and policy have made substantial inroads in reducing discrimination in education, they also tolerate and exacerbate inequalities in educational opportunities that influence the academic, professional and social outcomes of students and communities. After analyzing how law and policy shape educational opportunities, students will read and critique scholarly proposals for reducing educational opportunity gaps. Students will assess the benefits and costs of recognizing a federal right to education for addressing disparities in educational opportunity through readings and an in-class debate.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will prepare a substantial research paper that proposes how law and policy should be reformed to reduce inequality and improve outcomes in education and present their proposal to the class.

Other Work
Students will be required to make a presentation to the class on their reform proposal. Students will be required to participate in an in-class debate regarding recognition of a federal right to education in the United States. Student discussion and analysis of the assigned readings provides the core of each class meeting.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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