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2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog
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LEGAL 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-listed with DGS 168

Quarters Typically Offered
Fall Evening
Designed to Serve Legal Studies Students; Students interested in the field of law; students needing a class meeting the Diversity/Globalism requirement
Active Date 20200330T21:15:51

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Diversity & Globalism

ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
Course Outline
  • A comprehensive introduction to the law, theory, institutions and practice of Civil Rights law.
  • 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.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the various elements of the law of Civil Rights to assess its contemporary strengths and weaknesses.
  • Analyze and evaluate the need for extension of these rights to presently unprotected classes of people.
  • Analyze the appropriateness of the remedies available under the current legal structure for addressing and remedying Civil Rights violations.
  • Evaluate the application of Civil Rights actions to private party complaints.

Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a gobal perspective on civil rights law by accurately comparing and contrasting civil rights protections in the consitutions of other selected countries with those recognized in the U.S. Constitution.

Effectively compare and contrast slected global community perspectives on civil rights with those of local community leaders.

Effectively describe essential apsects of the historical, political, legal and sociological evolution of Civil RIghts within the United States.

Correctly describe key differences in the historical, political, legal and sociological evolution of Consitutional protections for the different classes of protected individuals.

Effectively critique the effectiveness and limitations of laws implemented to protect individuals in certain protected classes.

Describe critical race theory and key features of institutional racism in contemporary U.S. society.

Effectively analyze and apply existing civil rights law to contemporary issues of race, gender, economic, sexual preference and gender identity equity and articulate deficiencies and potential improvements to ahcieve greater equity.

Effectively describe essential paralegal roles in private, public and nonprofit law offices devoted to protecting and promoting civil rights.

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