Hope and Hopelessness in an Age of Mass Incarceration|
Fall 2019 not offered
The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. Over 2 million people are caught in the criminal justice system today. A disproportionate number of those incarcerated are people of color, particularly black, Latino/a, and indigenous men. Women, too, are a growing part of the prison population, as are queer, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people. Young people, particularly impoverished black youth, are funneled into correctional supervision through the school-to-prison pipeline. For many people in the country today, avoiding prison seems hopeless.
This interdisciplinary course, grounded on philosophical reflections on hope, liberty, respect, and exclusion, will critically explore the moral, psychological, ethical, social, and political issues raised by mass incarceration in the United States. We will be particularly interested in whether and under what conditions hope is possible for those marginalized under the carceral system.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Ta NehIsi Coates, BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME; Michelle Alexander, THE NEW JIM CROWE; Christopher Lebron, THE COLOR OF OUR SHAME; Lisa Guenther, SOLITARY CONFINEMENT and other readings.
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Students will be required to make a major presentation and write a term paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
In order to be enrolled in the course, students must get my permission. In order to get my permission students should write a brief essay about their interest in mass incarceration not to exceed 500 words.
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