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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: August 24, 2003
Latest update: December 8 2005
Office: 362 MOLN
Office Hours: MWF 8:45-9:45am & by appointment
Phone: (262) 595-2116
FAX: (262) 595-2471
Class meets MWF 11-11:50 a.m.
Brief Description:CRMJ/SOCA 365 will explore the intersections of race, crime and law in terms of the historical context, the present-day situation, and finally, future directions. We will examine "race, crime, law" from the viewpoints of the offender, the victim as well as the criminal justice practitioner within the various aspects of the criminal justice process -- from law enforcement to courts to corrections. In addition, we will focus on the interrelationship between theory, policy, and practice. Whatever position you take on "race, crime and law," the readings in this course should challenge you to think about the theory and assumptions that underlie your position, and the many alternatives that have been and will continue to be presented in the new millennium.
- Fellman, Gordon.(1998) Rambo and the Dalai Lama.
- Kennedy, Randall.(1997) Race, Crime, and the Law.
- Walker, Samuel et al. (2003) The Color of Justice .
- Dear Habermas Website [refer to handout]
- (optional) Habermas, Jurgen. (1996) Between Facts and Norms.
- (optional) Minow, Martha. (1990) Making All the Difference.
- College pocket dictionary
Materials/Resources:You must have:
- a three-ring binder
- an e-mail address (available through the university)
- Internet access (access to PCs in microcomputing labs on campus)
- Answerability Objective: To teach the skills of answerability and the process of collaborative creation. Outcomes: You are expected to demonstrate active and involved learning by participating in class discussions on answerability and the aesthetic process of collaborative creation. You will choose from these discussion topics for written discussion that will enhance your skills at translating oral thinking into written documents and serve as one measure of learning for this class. Written expression is as important as dialog participation and other means of expression (such as art or photography). Silence will not be acceptable, though I am willing to consider a preference for interpassivity.
- Theoretical Objective: To come away from this course with a deep understanding of the role that theory plays in our lives, particularly as it relates to race, crime and the law in the United States. To use a vocabulary which permit discussion of theory: race, ethnicity, difference, the Other, structural violence, privileging subjectivity, unstated assumptions, relativism, tolerance of ambiguity, inequality, diversity and so forth. Outcomes: Measured by the inclusion of references in written and oral contributions to discourse.
- Substantive Objective: To review and evaluate materials on the relationship between race, crime and the law. Towards the end of the semester, you will look back on your own class interactions as an example of the creative production of a forum through application of the aesthetic process of answerability and the understanding of illocutionary discourse. This evaluation of the class will be initiated in class and Internet discussions. Outcomes: You will participate in class discussions on the historical and contemporary issues focusing on race, crime and the law. You may choose measures of learning from these discussions.
- Praxis Objective: To recognize differences between theory, factual knowledge, and the application and synthesis of that knowledge in praxis. Become familiar with the interrelationship between race, crime and the law. Outcomes: You will choose between the types of knowledge and to balance them.
- Specific Current Event Objective: To apply theoretical discussions to examples within your own institutions and lifeworlds as they relate to race and ethnicity. Focus on conceptually linking theory to current events and personal narratives shared in face-to-face and Internet discussions. Outcomes: Class discussions, summaries of which will appear on the Internet, will provide myriad examples for applications. You will choose an application of specific personal interest and prepare an approach to the application, either for understanding, or in some cases, making it better, using the theoretical tools on which we have focused. You may choose measures of learning from these applications.
Grades and Grading
Grades can be important feedback when they are collaborative and used as feedback to guide further learning. They are harmful when they become a reified end in their own right. Because we are required by the institution to give grades, there must be a means of your letting us know what you hae learned. We expect each of you to communicate with us, so that we come to know you and your learning. Meaningful learning comes when we stretch the corners of each other's mind by looking at these concepts from multiple perspectives that come from our myriad unique experiences. You are invited to choose the measures of learning that best fits your learning style best. More details will be provided in class.
The 5Cs - communication, consistency, competency, creativity, and cooperation continue to represent our standards for evaluation. During Fall 2005, a 6th C was added - courtesy. Refer to Grades on the Dear Habermas web site. Your coursework must show scholarly discipline in conceptually linking your learning to theory, policy, practice, and to course readings and discussions.
Ideally, four progress checks (meeting with the professor every four weeks) throughout the semester is recommended. A minimum of two progress checks with the professor is required (at midterm and at the end of the semester). The first eight-weeks of class will be worth one-third of your course grade, while the second eight-weeks will constitute two-thirds of your course grade.
The minimum requirements for a course grade of "C" are: 1) the completion of all the weekly discussion questions, 2) participatory class attendance (not only attending but participating in class discussions), and 3) at least a "C" average in pop quiz grades (to note "do not count" on a majority of pop quizzes is below average).
Statement on Plagiarism
DON'T DO IT!! Give credit to those whose ideas and words you use. Cooperation and sharing in this class will earn you a better grade. Adversarialism is not a part of our teaching. We believe that learning flowers in an environment that permits mutuality to flourish.
Other Important Notes
Students with Disabilities - Any student with a disability requiring accommodations in this course is encouraged to contact me after class or during office hours. Additionally, students should contact Disability Services Office in WYLL D175. Staff can be reached at 595-2610 or 595-2372.
Deadlines/Due Dates - All due dates and deadlines are firm. Late assignments will not be accepted. A "no show" will result in an "F" for that particular task. The absolute final deadline for all course work is Friday, December 2nd at 11 a.m. central time.
Communicating - It is your responsibility to communicate an emergency and other situations in a timely manner to the professor. Communicating your whereabouts is important. Don't be a field mouse.
Groupwork: You may work in groups on any or all exercises or assignments. Cooperative learning groups are strongly encouraged. You can work with more than one group, and with different groups. All names of active group members should be recorded as indicated on the exercise material. (Refer to Cooperative Learning on the Dear Habermas site ).
!!WARNING: THIS IS NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL COURSE WHERE THE PROFESSOR LECTURES WHILE STUDENTS QUIETLY TAKE NOTES. THIS PROFESSOR USES A COOPERATIVE LEARNING APPROACH AS WELL AS SEVERAL EXPERIMENTAL AND INNOVATIVE TEACHING/LEARNING TECHNIQUES. GROUPWORK IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT IN THIS COURSE!
Week Topic and Class Preparation Minimal Requirement for Textual Readings Week 1 Introduction foreword & preface to all texts
K, ch. 1
Week 2 Academic Assessment of Learning
** W, Sept. 14th 12 noon to 1 p.m.-- Optional Dear Habermas Workshop in the library microcomputing classroom
F, parts 1, 2, & 3 Week 3 Adversarialism and Mutuality F, parts 4 & 5
W, ch. 1
Week 4 What is Race? K, ch. 2
W, ch. 2
Week 5 Mutuality and a Future with Race, Ethnicity, Crime W, ch. 3
K, ch. 3
Week 6 Justice on the Streets? W, ch. 4
K, ch. 4
Week 7 The Courts W, ch. 5
K, ch. 5
Week 8 Justice on the Bench?
**Friday, 10/28 - Last Day to Drop Course
W, ch. 6
K, ch. 6
Week 9 Race and the Composition of Juries K, ch. 7-8 Week 10 Race and Sentencing W, ch. 7, K, ch. 10 Week 11 The Color of Death W, ch. 8
K, ch. 9
Week 12 Race and Corrections
** Friday, November 25th - Thanksgiving Break - No Class
W, ch. 9
K, ch. 10
Week 13 Minority Youth and Crime
** Friday, December 2nd at 11 a.m. central time - Final Absolute Deadline
W, ch. 10
Week 14 The Color of Justice W, ch. 11 Week 15 Relating Race, Crime, Law to Theory, Policy, Practice
** Wednesday, December 16th - Last Day of Class
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