California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: March 22, 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 9: Week of March 30, 2014
To stay on track, you should be working on the visual part of your project including the giveaway item.
You are falling behind if you have NOT resolved your first meeting "no grade" (missing discussion questions/sets).
Topic: Anarchist Criminology & African Americans
- Arrigo, Bruce. Social Justice/Criminal Justice. Chapter 5.
- Tygiel, Jules. Baseball's Great Experiment. Chapters 11-17.
- Crow Dog, Mary. Lakota Woman. entirety
- Documentary: "Latinos and African Americans: Friend or Foe?" (to be shown in class)
- Rodriguez, Luis. Always Running.
- Houston, Jeanne & James. Farewell to Manzanar.
Lecture related links:
- Metaphor and Theory links to "The Blind Men and the Elephant" which applies to several concepts discussed in both classes. Eric K. mentioned this metaphor during one of our class discussions in "Law and Society."
- "My Role in Social Change" Poem by LaTricia White (Spring 2004)
- "They Ain't Us: Identity as an Anti-Norm"
- Curran and Takata. Sociology of Law Handbook:
-- Chapter 1, part 1
-- Chapter 1, part 2
-- Chapter 2
- W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation
- "Who's Habermas? Why Habermas?"
- Those Infamous Grades and Letters of Recommendation
- "The Case Against Gold Stars" by Alfie Kohn.
- Cooperative Learning
Concepts to be covered:
- ambiguity, uncertainty, and change
- tolerance for difference
- Willie Horton
- "welfare queen"
- white supremacy
Note: In order to answer these discussion questions, you will need to incorporate the documentary, "Latinos and African Americans: Friend or Foe?" and the readings into your answers. Due: Friday, April 4th.
- Compare and contrast how prophetic criticism and anarchist criminology would make sense of the documentary, "When the Levees Broke." Which theoretical perspective do you agree with the most? Why.
- Anarchist justice incorporates the notion that we should protect and promote diversity and difference among people - that "anything goes". Within the model of anarchist justice, though, where are the limits to his notion that "anything goes?" Where would you set the limits? Why. (Arrigo, p. 106, Q. 4)
- Why does anarchism stand so firmly against authority? From an anarchist viewpoint, what is wrong with certainty and authority? Why. (Arrigo, p. 106-107, Q.5). Be sure to relate your answer to Baseball's Great Experiment.
Final Self-Assessment Questions for the Visual Projects (due at the beginning of class on Friday, May 2nd )
- Division of Labor: List the names of the individuals in your group. Since midterm, what have your accomplished, (i.e., visual project itself, giveaway item). (If in a group, explain the division of labor -- who did what as well as your individual contribution to the project, so far).
- Connect Visual Project to Course Materials: Since midterm, explain in depth, how your visual project relates to the course (i.e., the readings, the documentaries, class discussions, major concepts, theories). Discuss how your visual project relates to "theory, policy, practice".
- Self-Assessment: Since midterm, what have you learned? Assess how the 6Cs apply to your final visual project, with special attention on competence and creativity. What is your final visual project self-assessment (provide a letter grade): ___ Explain why this particular grade.
- Read one of the recommended books listed below on African Americans. Email me a brief book review.
- Examine how stereotypes and the stereotyping of the African American. How and why have such stereotypes changed from the past to present day?
- Trace either prime time television or movie images of African Americans from past to present.
- Examine the legal case of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. or other African American leaders.
- Trace the historical and contemporary origins of "DWB" (driving while black).
- Explore some of the strategies used by African Americans (i.e., integrationism, separatism).
Dennis Rome. Black Demons. [if not required reading for another course]
Milovanovic & Russel. Petit Apartheid in the U.S. Criminal Justice System.
Harry Edwards. The Struggle that Must Be.
Harry Edwards. Myth of the Black Athlete. .
Derrick Bell. Faces at the Bottom of the Well.
Derrick Bell. Race, Racism and American Law.
Randall Kennedy. Race, Crime and the Law .
Marc Mauer. Race to Incarcerate
David Cole. No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Justice System.
Jerome Miller. Search and Destroy: African-American Males in the Criminal Justice System.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Manning Marable. Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
Walter Dean Myers. The Dream Bearer.
Robert Blauner. Still the Big New: Racial Oppression in America.
--- 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.
- Richard Goldsby. Race and Races.
- Paul Ehrlich. The Race Bomb.
- Cornel West. Race Matters.
- Robert Blauner. Still the Big News: Racial Oppression in America.
- William Julius Wilson. The Declining Significance of Race.