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Depictions of Discrimination: Law and Literature, Elon University

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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:22 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
This course allows students and faculty to examine issues of racial, gender, and other discrimination through writings and films. The course is structured to allow for a course administrator who co-ordinates the course and teaches at least one session. The course involves weekly meetings in which the teaching faculty member and students review a film or other video/audio material focused on an issue of discrimination and discuss the material in a group discussion format. Students may also be required to read materials in lieu of or in addition to video materials. Students complete several short writing assignments throughout the term and are assessed through a final paper which synthesizes course materials and applies the concepts discussed to a relevant issue of discrimination in society. Several Law instructors at Elon University possess undergraduate degrees in literary studies and remain interested in developing further courses that use literature, including a more traditional 'Law and Literature' course. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

South Atlantic

University or College

Elon University

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)


Course Title

Depictions of Discrimination: Law and Literature

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Adjunct Professor & Director of Inclusive Excellence for Graduate and Professional Education

Academic Year(s) Active

2021-22, 2022-2023

Course Enrolment


Primary Works on Reading List

Louise Erdrich, The Night Watchman; Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste; Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give; Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me; Gillian Thomas, Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed Women's Lives at Work; and Fergus Mason, Fruitvale Station.

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