LAW7372 - Disability Justice

LAW7372 - Disability Justice

Course Number: 

7372

Type: 

Seminar

Credits: 

2.00

Prerequisite(s):

none

The course will consider how law has constructed and defined disability and the role of law in shaping how disability has been conceptualized, classified, and even criminalized. In particular, it will examine how the nexus between class, race and disability have shaped policing and incarceration in the United States. This course will uncover the limitations of federal disability rights laws that guarantee equal access to and treatment of people with disabilities in, for example, prisons, jails, workplaces, schools, and how, in some cases, law and policies intended as protections, have further marginalized people with disabilities. Topics will include slavery, de/institutionalization, mass incarceration, civil commitment, police violence, school discipline, social movements, housing, accessibility, and both legal and non-legal advocacy efforts.