California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: January 11, 2014
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 1: Week of February 2, 2014
To stay on track, send me your email address ASAP.
- Those Infamous Grades and Letters of Recommendation
- "The Case Against Gold Stars" by Alfie Kohn.
- Cooperative Learning
- "Who's Habermas? Why Habermas?"
- Arrigo, Bruce. Social Justice/Criminal Justice. Introduction.
- Crow Dog, Mary. Lakota Woman.
- Tygiel, Jules. Baseball's Great Experiment.
- Rodriguez, Luis. Always Running.
- Houston, Jeanne & James. Farewell to Manzanar.
- Curran and Takata. Sociology of Law Handbook:
-- Chapter 1, part 1
-- Chapter 1, part 2
-- Chapter 2
Lecture related links:
Concepts to be covered:
- illocutionary discourse
- the aesthetics of answerability
- monologic non-answerability
- taxonomy of learning
- the 6Cs
- the external and internal motivations of learning
- dog letters
- academic accountability
Note: In order to answer these discussion questions, you will need to read all of the assigned reading linked above. Due: Friday, February 14th.
- What is the relationship between the "6Cs" and the taxonomy of learning? What is a "dog letter" and how does it relate to the "6Cs"? How does this course differ from other courses that you have taken?
- If you are a new student to this teaching/learning model, what questions do you have? If you are a returning student to this teaching/learning model, what advice would you give to the new students? Why.
- Summarize the introduction to Arrigo's Social Justice/Criminal Justice. How does this book relate to "law and social change"? Why.
Suggested Visual Projects:
Note: Start thinking about ideas for your visual project. Must relate to "law and social change." 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 an annotated bibliography with each project. No term papers! Allow time to dialogue and present your creative measure in class. Email me your ideas ASAP!
- What is social change? Research an example of social changes in today's society. Are these changes slow and gradual or quick and sudden? Why.
- Explore the relationship between "law and social change." Can laws cause social change? Or, does social change "change" laws? How? Why?
--- 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.