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DGS 168 - Legal Issues of Civil Rights Theory and Law

5 Credits
Interdisciplinary study of the historical, political, social and legal development of civil law rights in the United States as applied to individuals based upon race, gender, origin/nationality, sexual identity, disability and religion. Study of the various movements and the resulting court cases and legislation will be examined and applied including an analysis of the similarities and uniqueness of each respective movement and an examination of the contemporary legal and sociological status of the movement.

Course Note cross list with Legal 168

Quarters Typically Offered

Fall Evening

Designed to Serve General Student body
Active Date 2011-06-13

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline
1. A comprehensive introduction to the law, theory, institutions and practice of Civil Rights law. 2. Historical, political, social and legal development of Civil Rights law and policy including contemporary developments in, and evolution of, the protections offered to the protected classes. 3. Analyze the effectiveness of the various elements of the law of Civil Rights to assess its contemporary strengths and weaknesses. 4. Analyze and evaluate the need for extension of these rights to presently unprotected classes of people. 5. Analyze the appropriateness of the remedies available under the current legal structure for addressing and remedying Civil Rights violations. 6. Evaluate the application of Civil Rights actions to private party complaints.

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political, legal and sociological evolution of Civil RIghts within the United States.

2. Distinguish and analyze the differences in the historical, political, legal and sociological evolution of the different classes of protected individuals.

3.Analyze the laws implemented to protect those in a protected class to evaluate their effectiveness in curing the issues for which they were designed.

4. Analyze the contemporary status of other disenfranchised individuals/groups to determine what protections should be extended to them and how.

5. Recognize and analyze the nexus between the reaction of the legal system to the contemporary issues occurring in the society at large.

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