Race, Law, and Democracy (SC)

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/16
Credits: 1

Course Description

In this short course, we will examine the role of law as a tool that has both advanced and impeded the development of a multi-racial democracy in the United States. First, we will start by exploring how the original federal and early state constitutions established a “white man’s government” and what that meant for democratic development. Second, we will examine the Reconstruction-era amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the failed effort to dismantle the “white man’s government,” and the role of law in this failure. Third, we will shift our focus to the civil rights era and the Voting Rights Act, the second major effort toward creating a multi-racial democracy. In this section, we will examine the role of social movements, the courts, and the legislature in making the Voting Rights Act the most successful piece of civil rights legislation in history. We will conclude with an assessment of where we are in the development of a multi-racial democracy by examining metrics of success and failure.

Course Requirements

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

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


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to write two 5-page response papers.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**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

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Race and Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
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