LAWS 2194 ‑ Critical Race and Legal Theory I: A Survey of 'Race' and Law in Canada


Using a Critical Race and Legal Theory approach to examine Canada's substantive law, this course introduces students to the obfuscated interconnected role of 'Race' and Law in Canada. Students will acquire enhanced 'Race' literacy skills as we explore the bond between 'Race' and Law, through direct examination of legal instruments dating from the Colonial to Contemporary Periods ─ statutes, treaties, proclamations, decrees, directives, trial records, court decisions, petitions and other primary source "Authentic Documents" that let original actors speak for themselves. In addition, selected doctrinal writings by critical legal scholars will help equip students to understand and to critically assess the on-going processes by which, throughout Canada's history, Law has both corrected and created deficits for those racialized Communities that are notably, Aboriginal, African Descended and Asians.

ENROLMENT: limited to 16 students.

Prerequisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Assessment Method: In-Class Seminar Presentation 20%; Major Research Paper 80% (in English or French).
Restrictions: None.