Instructor(s): Anver Emon

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

In her book, Colour-Coded, Constance Backhouse argues that there is an implicit taboo in Canada against race-talk. Rather, Canadian discourse on the virtues of multiculturalism seems to obviate the need for the kinds of debates on racism that have featured in Canada’s neighbour to the south. However, this good-news story seems disingenuous in the face of accounts of the systemic marginalization of distinct, identifiable minority groups in Canada. This course will explore this systemic marginalization in three ways. First, it will examine social theory about race and race politics to develop a conceptual grammar to frame and inform a more robust discourse on racial politics. Second, it will explore the history of racial politics in a comparative vein, in order to gain greater insight into the distinctively Canadian story about race and racism and how it is embedded in the political and institutional geography of Canada. Lastly, the course will examine key sites of systemic marginalization, ranging from the culture of the university to the operation of law and policy. Topics here will include the policing of city streets; the regulation and practices of the legal profession; and the systemic role of law in areas such as aboriginal rights, immigration, security, and religious freedom in marginalizing certain groups.

Contributions to classroom discussion (10%), bi-weekly 250-500 word (one-page) comments on the readings (25%), and a paper (topic to be approved by instructor) of 5000 to 6500 words (65%).
Credit note
<b>Note: For graduate students, the course number is LAW7426HS.

At a Glance

Second Term
Perspective course


23 JD


T: 10:30 - 12:20