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Critical Race Theory and the First Amendment

Taught by Professor Alan Kennedy

  •  3 Credits
  • COLL 350
  • Students receive PUBLIC POLICY DEPARTMENT credit for this course

Should critical race theory be banned? Should hate speech be banned? Does systemic racism shape public policy in the United States? These questions provoke a range of polarized opinions on matters of intense public interest. This course seeks to foster discussion of the intersection of critical race theory and the First Amendment to the Constitution. Topics include: What critical race theory is; how critical race theory intersects with free speech; critical race theory and justice; critical race theory and democracy; recent efforts to ban critical race theory; and race and public policy. The course culminates with congressional-style debates on speech and critical race theory.


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