California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: November 19, 2009
You will be held accountable for the readings and discussion questions listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.
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Week 13: Week of November 22, 2009
** In order to stay on track, this week -- you should be working on the visual part of your project now. topic.
-- Friday, November 20th through Tuesday, December 1st -- Second Meetings
-- Friday, November 27th -- No Class (Thanksgiving Break)
-- Wednesday, December 9th, beginning of class -- Second Visual Project due
-- Wednesday, December 16th -- Last Day of Class
Topic: The Conflict Resolution
- Bonsignore . Before the Law. Chapters 18 and 19.
- Bellow and Minow. Law Stories. White and the afterword .
- Documentary: "-----" (to be shown in class)
- Curran and Takata. Sociology of Law Handbook
-- Chapter 1, part 1
-- Chapter 1, part 2
-- Chapter 2
Lecture related links:
- "Who's Habermas? Why Habermas?"
- Index on Structural Violence
- Discovering Visual Freedom Techniques
- W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation
- The Visual Can Provoke Discourse that Matters
- Praxis: Learn by Doing
Concepts to be covered:
- dispute resolution
- restorative justice
- victim-offender mediation
- private autonomy v. public autonomy
Note: Do the readngs before answering the questions below.
- In White's "On the Vision and Practice of Participation in Project Head Start," what is the tension between facts and norms? Why.
- How would the four different sociological perspectives -- the structural functionalist, Marxist, interactionist, and Habermasian theorist -- explain conflict resolution? Which perspective do you agree with the most? Why.
- What is the lawyer's role in transforming "raw" disputes into a choice about process? Is a lawyer a "hired gun", a "guru" or a "friend"? [Bonsignore, p. 501, Q.2]
- Does American society have too much conflict or too little? How could this be measured and evaluated? [Bonsignore, p. 501, Q. 3]
- Is restorative justice a legitimate goal of our justice system? Is it obtainable? [Bonsignore, p. 533, Q. 4]
Suggested Visual Projects:
Note: Start thinking about ideas for your creative measures. Must relate to "law and society." Must be approved before starting your creative measure. Cannot be something that you are doing or have done for another course. Research cannot be 100% online (i.e., google, askjeeves). Must conduct library research using scholarly works, (not the popular press -- Time Magazine, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated). You will need to submit a bibliography with each project. No term papers! Allow time to dialogue and present your creative measure in class. Email me your ideas ASAP!
- Make an explosion box , and decorate it to reflect an issue relating to the conflict resolution.
- Select a controversial issue focusing on:
-- restorative justice
-- ictim-witness mediation
-- dispute resolution
- Come up with your own "law story".
Self-Assessment Questions for Visual Projects:
- List the names of the individuals in your group. What did you do exactly for this visual project? (If in a group, explain the division of labor and your individual contribution to this visual project). What small item did you create to "give away" to those visiting your visual project?
- Explain in depth, how your visual project specifically relates to the course (i.e., the readings, the documentaries, class discussions, major concepts). Demonstrate how your visual project relates to "theory, policy, practice". What did you learn?
- Assess how the 6Cs apply to your visual project, with special attention on competence and creativity. What is your visual project self-assessment (provide a letter grade) ___ ? Explain why this particular grade.
--- Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
--- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.
Course Syllabus for CRMJ/SOCA 359 "Law and Society"
Class Drawing - What We Have Learned
Class Drawing -- The Readings