Senior Colloquium: Crime and Punishment|
This course considers the American criminal law, the procedures through which it is enforced and the nature of criminal punishment from a variety of perspectives. It begins with the criminal law itself, its moral foundations and assumptions, the essential elements of criminal liability and several of the law's more important doctrines and rules. It then turns to the institutions of enforcement and punishment, the police, the public prosecutor, the criminal courts and the system of punishment, to see how they work "on the ground" and compare this to the ideals of the law. Finally, it puts the American system in international perspective by comparing it to European institutions of criminal justice.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will include legal opinions, articles and books. The following books can be purchased at the Wesleyan Bookstore or from many online booksellers.
Angela Y. Davis, ARE PRISONS OBSOLETE? 2003;
William J. Stuntz, THE COLLAPSE OF AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 2011;
Michelle Alexander, THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS, 2012;
All other readings will be posted on the course Moodle.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is required for all CSS Seniors.
Students will enroll during fall pre-registration in the Spring.
|Instructor(s): Adelstein,Richard P. Times: ...W.F. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: PAC422; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 30
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
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