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POSC 441: Cultural Diversity and the Law

Spring 2016 | Mon, Wed, Fri | 9-9:50am

This course juxtaposes the different approaches


countries have taken to address issues of cultural
diversity: race (including affirmative action and racist
speech), religion, gender, sexual orientation, as well
as a more general consideration of minority rights and
anti-discrimination laws. We will examine the various
ways that these issues have been framed by social
movements in the United States and across
Europe. Students will also read court cases from
different countries and compare the reasoning of
justices in the different courts. The course
concentrates on France, the U.K., Germany, and the
United States, while also including in lesser detail
other countries like Hungary, South Africa, Australia,
Poland, etc.