Equal Protection: Race, Roles, RightsThis course examines the law and theory of equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. It considers equal protection both as a rubric in which race has been the central paradigm and as a framework for addressing a broader set of social issues. Topics include changing conceptions of racial discrimination and racial neutrality; the problems of social-role discrimination in the contexts of sex and sexual orientation; the fundamental-rights branch of equal protection doctrine; and the institutional considerations that shape the ways in which courts, legislatures, and other governmental bodies deal with questions of equality. Attention will be given to the University of Michigan's own experience with the constitutional law of affirmative action, from the Grutter and Gratz cases through Schuette v. Cantrell.
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