Yale PLSC 827 - Syllabus (6 pages)

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Plsc 827 - PltcsLaw&EconAffirmativeAction

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PLSC 234 EP E 389 PLSC 827 The Politics Law and Economics of Affirmative Action LAW 20538 01 Democracy and Distribution The Politics Law and Economics of Affirmative Action Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro Fall 2010 Monday 3 30 to 5 20 pm RKZ 102 Office Hours Michael Graetz Mondays 2 00 2 30 pm or by appointment Room 346 Sterling Law Building Tel 432 4828 michael graetz yale edu Ian Shapiro Wednesdays 2 00 4 00 110 Luce Hall 34 Hillhouse Tel 432 9368 ian shapiro yale edu This course is designed to address the question under what conditions if any is affirmative action desirable We will examine arguments for and against affirmative action that have been put forward in the courts the philosophical literature and in the political and economic arenas since the Jim Crow era in the United States although there will be some comparative attention to affirmative action and Black Economic Empowerment policies in South Africa since 1994 Principal readings will be taken from such U S Supreme Court opinions as Parents Involved in Community Schools v Seattle School District No 1 the Michigan affirmative action cases and Ricci v DeStefano theoretical writings by John Rawls Robert Nozick Amartya Sen and Douglas Rae historical work by Michael J Klarman and political economic and legal commentary by Boris Bittker Lani Guinier Mary and Thomas Edsall and John David Skrentney The main focus will be on affirmative action in education employment and political representation Law and graduate students will be expected to write a 20 to 25 page research paper over the course of the semester A one to two page paper prospectus must be discussed with the instructors and submitted for approval by Monday October 11th The instructors will suggest additional readings once paper topics have been selected Because this is a research oriented seminar it is not appropriate for Credit D Fail Undergraduate students can either pursue this option or write two literature reviews of approximately 10 pages The



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