WINTER 2012 FRESHMAN SEMINARS
Please note that students may take a maximum of three University Studies freshman seminars so long as subjects vary.
SCHOOL OF LAW
The Supreme Court and the Civil Rights Movement
Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean, UCI School of Law
Michael Drake, UCI Chancellor
Tu 2:00-2:50pm, Aldrich Hall 501
Course Code 87552
Note: This seminar is for Campuswide Honors Students only. To get authorization to enroll, students should contact the Campuswide Honors Program Office.
Between 1954 and 1974, laws that required segregation of the races were eliminated and the first major federal civil rights legislation since the Civil War was adopted. This course will examine what happened and why. It will begin with a look back and end with a look forward, but most of the class will be spent examining the range of dramatic events, from simple acts of protest to widespread civic unrest and major Supreme Court decisions, that led to triumphs and tragedies over two decades.
Erwin Chemerinsky earned his J.D. from HarvardLawSchool. He has held faculty appointments at DukeLawSchool, Gould School of Law at USC and DePaul College of Law. His expertise is in constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation.
Michael Drake is Chancellor of UCI. He arrived at UCI in the fall of 2005 from his position as Vice President for Health Sciences at the UC Office of the President.