Civil Rights Legislation
SLN #: 26319
Course Prefix: LAW-620
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 3
NOTE: This class will be taught on a compressed schedule meeting on Mondays & Wednesdays for 4 hours per week through April 5, 2010.
This course will examine the Reconstruction-era Civil Rights Acts,
particularly sections 1981, 1983, 1985, and 1988 of Title 42 of the U.S.
Code, with an emphasis on sections 1981 and 1983. Section 1981
imposes liability for racial discrimination in contractual relations, and
section 1983 imposes liability for deprivation of federal rights under the
auspices of state authority. The latter will consume most of the semester.
Although we will necessarily discuss federal constitutional and statutory
rights that litigants seek to vindicate under section 1983, our study will
focus on the statutory prerequisites to liability, such as the requirement
that the deprivation be taken "under the color of" state law, various
immunities from liability, standards for imposing liability on supervisors
or governmental entities, and remedies. The class will also briefly address
other civil rights issues, such as employment discrimination under Title
VII and civil rights issues that may emerge during the semester.
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Numeric Grade and ONE-Time Pass Option is Available, or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: No
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: In-Class
Participation Points: Professor reserves discretion under policies
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Required, subject to justified absence
Blackboard Course Site: Yes