Selected Topics in Anti-discrimination Law

Class Information Spring 2021

  • 3 units
  • Class No.: 26300
  • Meets: Tuesday & Thursday
  • Time: 1:10 pm - 2:25 pm
  • Location: online
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  • Course Description
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Nick Serafin

Assistant Professor of Law

Selected Topics in Anti-discrimination Law

Certificate(s): Public Interest and Social Justice Law

Course Description:

In this seminar we will explore the concept of discrimination in case law, philosophy and legal theory.

We will investigate some of the main concepts that crop up in contemporary anti-discrimination law and its associated literature. That includes the concept of discrimination itself. We will also investigate some of the possible rationales for having anti-discrimination laws, with a view to seeing what implications those rationales might have for doctrine and policy.

We will also discuss the doctrinal frameworks in several key areas of antidiscrimination law and will discuss how these frameworks have applied to different types of discrimination, including discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

Class Notes:

In this seminar we will explore the concept of discrimination in case law, philosophy and legal theory.  We will investigate some of the main concepts that crop up in contemporary anti-discrimination law and its associated literature. That includes the concept of discrimination itself. We will also investigate some of the possible rationales for having anti-discrimination laws, with a view to seeing what implications those rationales might have for doctrine and policy.  We will also discuss the doctrinal frameworks in several key areas of antidiscrimination law and will discuss how these frameworks have applied to different types of discrimination, including discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.