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Week 14: The Color of Justice
You will be held accountable for purposes of grading for the readings and exercises 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 14: Week of November 28, 2004

    Friday, December 3rd, 11 a.m. (central time) - The Final Absolute Deadline

  • Topic: The Color of Justice

  • Preparatory Readings:
    --- Fellman. Rambo and the Dalai Lama. entirety.
    --- Kennedy. Race, Crime and the Law. afterword.
    --- Walker, et. al The Color of Justice. ch. 11.
    --- Documentary, "Requiem for Frank Lee Smith" (to be shown in class).

  • Links to Lecture Notes

    new "Freeing the Dominant Discourse" - Work with CSUDH students on a collaborative hypertext poem.

    Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

  • Lecture: in class

  • Concepts:

  • Discussion Questions:

      Note: Incorporate the documentary, "Requiem for Frank Lee Smith" into your answers.

    1. On page 355, Walker et al state: "There is no escaping the fact that race, crime and justice are inextricably linked in the minds of most Americans." Compare and contrast how Fellman, Kennedy and Walker explain this linkage. Which author do you agree with the most? Why.
    2. How do Fellman, Kennedy and Walker explain the future direction and prospects for race, crime, and the law? Why?
    3. Bring a pair of scissors to class on the day these discussion questions are due.

  • Ideas and Suggestions for Creative Measures

  • Recommended Readings:

    • Martha Minow. Between Vengeance and Forgiveness.
    • Bishop Desmond Tutu. No Future Without Forgiveness.
    • Kenneth Culp Davis. Discretionary Justice.
    • The 9-11 Commission Report
    • Alfie Kohn. No Contest. The Case Against Competition. Alfie Kohn's website
    • Thomas Kuhn. Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
    • 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.

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