|Course Dates||Length||Meeting Times||Status||Format||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/21||4 Weeks||Online||Waitlisted||Online||Liza Williams||11812|
What promise does the law have in generating social justice? What explains why the substantive meaning of the law changes over time and how does it happen, exactly? In this course, students will assess the role and record of the U.S. Supreme Court in transforming collective ideals of justice for social groups in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will analyze the ways political activists and social movements have organized, strategized, and engaged with the legal system and judiciary to enact social justice goals and values. In particular, the course will ask students to consider the interplay between social movements and the Court’s landmark decisions on racism and the legacy of slavery, immigrant rights, and the rights of LGBTQ+ groups. In doing so, several questions will be addressed, including: How do social movements change the understanding of the law and constitutional values? Are judges insulated from politics? Should they be? Is the Supreme Court a political or legal institution? What is the relationship between the role of the Court and the promotion of social justice?
Course materials will be presented to students through an array of mediums, including documentary films, photography, podcast audio recordings, and texts from diverse fields such as political science, legal studies, political philosophy, and sociology. Additionally, students will read and evaluate major decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court that have impacted social justice for African Americans, immigrants and non-citizens, and LGBTQ+ groups.
The course will be taught in an asynchronous, online format where students will complete daily written assignments, interact with peers in simulated discussion, and develop a working Action Plan with other students in the course that aims to enact social justice by utilizing the law, the courts, and the broader legal system as a path to reform.
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Prerequisites: Proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of United States history is helpful, but not required.
Brown's Pre-College Program focused on developing socially responsible leaders and creating positive change. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.Visit Program Page View Course Pricing Information Sessions Learn How to Apply