Nov 23, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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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.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • 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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