Sociology of Crime and Punishment|
Fall 2020 not offered
This course provides an introduction to the sociological study of crime and punishment. Crime is rarely far from news headlines or the public imagination. Every day, reports of drug dealing, muggings, and homicide fuel anxiety and debate about the problems of law and order. Here, we consider such debates in the context of both a vision for a just society and the everyday workings of the criminal justice system. The course is divided into three sections. We begin with an introduction to the historical meanings and measures of crime in society and then situate the modern U.S. within this history. In part two, we become familiar with the major ways that social scientists think about criminality and crime prevention. In part three, we turn to considerations of punishment. We ask how punishment is conceptualized in the U.S. and other nations, whether the American system of mass imprisonment is effective, and how we might envision improvements and alternatives.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP-Soc Conc)(SOC)
Includes selections from Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault; The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Nothing Bad Happens to Good Girls by Esther Madriz and many others
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Close readings of assigned texts; in-class participation; short papers; mid-term and final exam.
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