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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 351 / GSS 351 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Law, Social Policy, and African American Women

Imani Perry

Journeying from enslavement and Jim Crow to the post-civil rights era, this course will teach how law and social policy have shaped, constrained, and been resisted by black women's experience and thought. Using a wide breadth of materials including legal scholarship, social science research, visual arts, and literature, we will also develop an understanding of how property, the body, and the structure and interpretation of domestic relations have been frameworks through which black female subjectivity in the United States was and is mediated.

Sample reading list:
Patricia Hill Collins, Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Righteous Discontent
Terri Kapsalis, Public Privates
Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body
Kristal Brent Zook, Black Women's Lives

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 200-250 pp. reading per week.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40252 L01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T Th   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:19 Limit:25
40253 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43240 P02 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:19 Limit:25