Instructor(s): Nancy Simms

For graduate students, the course number is LAW5068H.

Note: This course satisfies the Perspective course requirement.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” - Baldwin, J. (1962).

The origin of Critical Race Theory (CRT) can be traced to the works of Derrick Bell, Alan Freeman, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and Richard Delgado. More specifically, Bell, Freeman, and Delgado took an interdisciplinary approach to building upon the American civil rights movement. Crenshaw advanced the works of Sojourner Truth and Angela Davis, birthed the term intersectionality to capture the interlocking nature of identities and the necessity to take the whole person into consideration when addressing race. Constance Backhouse’s Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900-1950 and Carol Aylward’s Critical Race Theory: Racism and the Law are some of the works that will deepen our understanding of CRT by elucidating the roles that race and racism play in the practice of Canadian law. This seminar will focus on the applicability of CRT to the Canadian legal context and the examination of the interplay between racial identities and legal practices. Moreover, current issues of racism and inequity will be analyzed in relation to CRT and the Canadian legal system.

will be based on a final paper of 7,000 words (75%), weekly reflections of 200 words (15%), and class participation (10%).
Academic year
2022 - 2023

At a Glance

Second Term
Perspective course



18 JD


W: 4:10 - 7:00 pm