This class offers an introduction to the relationship between race, gender and social institutions. We will interrogate how gendered and racial classifications contribute to the making of law and other core social institutions at the same time that these very institutions reflect and create distinctions on the basis of gender and race. The first part of the course will provide students with a set of sociological tools and approaches by which to critically analyze and breakdown the interrelations between race, gender and law in American society and globally. In the second part of the course, we will examine how core concepts and approaches concerning the interrelations between race, gender and social institutions come to play in the context of immigration and asylum policy, both historically and currently. We will discuss contemporary immigration and human rights issues—such as asylum, “illegal” immigration, reproductive labor, and sex trafficking—with the goal of interrogating how our cultural framings of these issues are shaped by gender, race, and the social and political aspects of law.
Faculty: Talia Shiff
School: Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Semester: Full Spring Term
Time: 9-11 am Monday Wednesday