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Advanced Topics in Criminal Law (Spring 2019)

Course Description

My new seminar centers on the new theories of blame and punishment that I have formulated over the last six months in response to Michele Alexander's landmark book: The New Jim Crow.  We will explore why the liberal new Jim Crow narrative is factually false, regressive, and counterproductive when viewed through the lenses of a brand of Critical Race Theory I have denominated "Nigga Theory."  This will be the first scholarly setting in which I systematically debunk what many have called "the bible of a social movement," The New Jim Crow.  This seminar will also attend screenings of the documentary about "Nigga Theory" at the Pan African Film Festival and discuss the project with its director, Khin May.  Class participants will be responsible for applying our fresh critiques of The New Jim Crow and our new insights into the link between cinematic arts and legal theory from my documentary to today's most pressing criminal justice controversies.    


Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: T 10:00 am - 11:50 am
  • Room Number: Room 130
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No