Fall 2011


Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-217  |  Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-206

Formerly listed as: LJST-06


Adam Sitze (Section 01)


(Offered as LJST 206 and BLST 217) The goal of this course will be to understand some of the problems posed for legal studies in the humanities by the emergence of the system of administrative and constitutional law known as apartheid. This system, which was designed to institute “separate development for separate peoples” in South Africa, is widely and rightly regarded to be among the most inhuman régimes of the 20th century. Yet even and especially today, more than a decade after its formal end in South Africa, apartheid’s social, economic, and epistemic conditions of possibility, as well as the place and function of lawyers, legal discourse, and legal scholars in the resistance to it, remains at best vaguely understood.

This course is designed to remedy this gap. Our inquiry will be at once specific and general. Under what economic and political conditions did apartheid come into being? What legal traditions and practices authorized its codification? What academic disciplines and intellectual formations rendered it intelligible and enabled its theorization? What specific arrangement of juridical institutions, practices, and theories together comprised the apartheid state? What was the place and function of law in the critique of and resistance to apartheid? What new and specific problems did apartheid pose for legal theory?

Limited to 40 students. Fall semester. Professor Sitze.

If Overenrolled: Professor will privilege writing samples

Cost: $70.00 ?

LJST 206 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 08:30 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 101
Th 08:30 AM - 09:50 AM CHAP 101

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
South Africa: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid Pearson Longman 2004 Nancy Clark Amherst Books TBD
The Constitution of South Africa Oxford-Hart Publishing 2010 Heinz Klug Amherst Books TBD
The Struggle is My Life Pathfinder Press 1986 Nelson Mandela Amherst Books TBD
No Future Without Forgiveness Doubleday 1999 Desmond Tutu Amherst Books TBD
We are the Poors: Community Struggles in Post Apartheid South Africa Ashwin Desai Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Spring 2015, Fall 2019, Spring 2024