611.04 Readings in Social Justice

This one-credit class will use the crisis in Flint, Michigan – in which lead was allowed to leach into the drinking water of an entire city -- as a case study to allow students to explore the social and racial justice implications of a contemporary American tragedy that disproportionately affected mostly low-income, African-American residents. Through reading and discussion, students and faculty will study how institutions (government, corporate, nonprofit, etc.) contributed to the problem and how they should contribute to the solutions. Each class session will take a different approach so that the environmental, health, educational, and human rights implications can be seen. The role of lawyers – both in creating and solving the situation – will be examined.

The class meets in eight, 90-minute sessions. Two reflection papers will be required; other assignments may be required. No exam or long paper required. Course is taught collaboratively by the Duke Law clinic faculty.

Special Notes:

Meets September 9 to November 4, Fridays

Fall 2016

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Clinic Faculty
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Email list: LAW.611.04.F16@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Areas of Practice
Course Areas of Practice