Mar 30, 2020
LAJ 402 - African Americans and the Constitution
The law is the way a society governs itself and protects the freedom of all citizens. African Americans and the Constitution will examine legal issues engendered with dispute and division. LAJ 300 is recommended.
Prerequisites: Completion of the Basic Skills in the General Education requirements or DTA.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Learner Outcomes Approval Date:
- Critically assess the role of slavery in the formation of the U.S. Constitution.
- Identify how the history of slavery impacted future case law in the United States.
- Recognize landmark Supreme Court cases and how they have influenced the lived experiences of African Americans.
- Critically assess the Brown v. Board of Education case and subsequent decisions via the language of racial jurisprudence.
- Identify the “color blind” approach and critically assess it in the context of the lived experience of African Americans.
- Distinguish between de jure and de facto racism and how the latter is evident today concerning African Americans.
- Identify how the court identifies the racial divide and determine whether it’s more recent decisions are a road map for new change.
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