California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: February 6, 2008
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 4: Week of February 10, 2008
To stay on track, you should be starting your review of the literature for the visual project topic(s) that were approved, last week.
Topic: Marxist Criminology/Socialist Feminism
- Arrigo. Social Justice/Criminal Justice. Chapters 1 and 2.
- Mann, Zatz & Rodriguez. Images of Color, Images of Crime. Chapter --- .
- Curran and Takata. Sociology of Law Handbook: Chapter 2
-- Chapter 1, part 1
-- Chapter 1, part 2
-- Chapter 2
- Documentary/Film: "---" (to be shown in class)
Lecture related links:
- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.
- "My Role in Social Change" Poem by LaTricia White (Spring 2004)
- "They Ain't Us: Identity as an Anti-Norm"
- W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation
Concepts to be covered:
- Karl Marx
- means of production
- modes of production
- gender inequality
Note: In order to answer these discussion questions, you will need to view "-----" to be shown in class.
- What is social justice, according to Marxist criminologists? What is the connection between criminal justice and social justice? (from Arrigo, p. 27, Q.1).
- Imagine some of the things you have witnessed in your life that violate your sense of social justice. Discuss these with your classmates in an open forum. (from Arrigo, p. 28, Q.9).
- How do socialist feminists explain the criminality of women? (from Arrigo, p. 47, Q.4).
- What insights about social justice does a socialist feminist perspective offer? (Arrigo, p. 47, Q.6)
Suggested Visual Projects:
Note: Start thinking about ideas for your creative measures. 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 a bibliography with each project. No term papers! Allow time to dialogue and present your creative measure in class. Email me your ideas ASAP!
- Read one of the recommended books listed below on Marxist criminology and/or Socialist Feminism.
- Examine how a particular setting (i.e., school, work, shopping mall, church) is socially stratified. Who's on top? Who's on the bottom? Why.
- Trace the status and role of women. Did the laws relating to women cause social change or did social change cause the laws to change the status of women? Why.
- Jeffrey Reiman. The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison.
- Anthony Platt. The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove.
- M.J. Lynch & W.B. Groves. Primer in Radical Criminology.
- R. Michalowski. Order, Law and Crime.
- Freda Adler. Sisters in Crime.
- A. Davis. Women, Race and Class.
- Catherine MacKinnon. Toward a Feminist Theory of the State.
- J. Messerschmidt. Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Crime.
- Nicole Rafter and E. Stanko. Judge Lawyer Victim Thief: Women, Gender Roles and Criminal Justice.
- I. Young. Justice and the Politics of Difference.
--- 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.
Self-Assessment Questions for each Visual Project:
- 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).
- Briefly explain how your visual project relates to "law and social change" (i.e., the readings, the documentaries). 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) ___ ? Why.