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KAFP 3745 - Equal Opportunity and Antidiscrimination Policy

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This seminar is located at the intersection of political science, law, philosophy, sociology, and economics. While considering in greater detail the US historical experience, it will provide a comparative exploration of antidiscrimination policies including the cases of India, South Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and France. Among other things, we shall examine the connections (or lack thereof) between philosophical theories of social justice and equality and antidiscrimination law and policies; clarify the analytical and empirical links between racism, discrimination, and affirmative action; and assess the potential justifications for affirmative action, while accounting for the predominance of some over others in political and legal spheres.


SABBAGH, Daniel (Researcher, CERI - Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

Each course will comprise an in-class presentation by students, followed by a general discussion on the topic of the day (a topic broader than that of the presentation) based in part on the compulsory readings. There will be no guest teacher.

Course validation

Each student will make an in-class presentation of 20 to 25 minutes (as part of a two-person or three-person team) and write a relatively short paper (maximum 6,000 words). The final grade will be determined based on the in-class presentation, the paper, and in-class participation.


Students are expected to read 50 pages a week on average.

Required reading

RAWLS, John. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press, 1971, pp. 3-53

Additional required reading

  • HAMILTON KRIEGER, Linda. « The Content of our Categories: A Cognitive Bias Approach on Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity », Stanford Law Review, 47 (6), 1995, p. 1161-1248 (skip footnotes)
  • SCHAUER, Frederick. Profiles, Probabilities, and Stereotypes. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press, 2003, p. 1-25, 131-154, 175-198
  • WACQUANT, Loïc. « For an Analytic of Racial Domination », Political Power and Social Theory, vol. 11, 1997, pp. 221-234.
  • KULL, Andrew. The Color-Blind Constitution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992, p. 183-224.