January 2015
    Law No.: LAW7735
    Sched. No.: 115110033

Stocks to Cellblocks: American Punishment Since 1776 (SC)
Section 1
Lowe, Jessica K.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MTWRF, 1330-1600 (WB114)
Capacity:25 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**
Current Enrollment:5 **This information is current as of 05/29/2015 06:15:08 AM**
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Course Description:

This January term course meets Monday-Friday, January 12-16.

Why and how should we punish? The answer to this question has changed dramatically over the course of American history. From stocks and gallows to prisons, from isolation to chain gangs, and from jury trials to plea bargains, American punishment has reconstituted itself in large and small ways to fit the times. At some moments, this has been amidst great public debate and scrutiny: at others, it has proceeded almost without notice. This course will challenge students to think critically about the relationship between crime, punishment, and American culture. What did it mean to be "criminal" at various points in American history, and how way that related to events and insecurities in American society? How have methods of American punishment reflected their times? And what does this history mean for modern crime control and its reform?

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance at all class sessions is expected

MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE with: Crime and Punishment
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Short paper(s) (60%) and class participation (40%)

Mutually Exclusive with: Crime and Punishment