California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: September 25, 2014
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 5: Week of September 28, 2014
To stay on track, you should 1) be working on your midterm self-assessment and 2) attend your first meeting.
You are falling behind if: 1) you have not started to resesarch your preapproved visual project topic, and 2) you missed your first meeting.
Topic: Mutuality and a Future/Race, Ethnicity, Social Structure & Crime
- September 29-October 3- First Meetings
- Friday, October 10th, beginning of class - Midterm Visual Project due (including annotated bibliography & self-assessment)
- Friday, October 17th - The last day to drop a semester long course
- Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic. The Derrick Bell Reader . Chapters 3 & 4.
- Gordon Fellman. Rambo and the Dalai Lama. -- entire book.
- Samuel Walker and others. The Color of Justice. -- Chapter 3.
- Video: "Heart of Tibet" (to be shown in class)
Lecture related links:
- "theory, policy, practice"
- "Who's Habermas? Why Habermas?"
- W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation
- Those Infamous Grades and Letters of Recommendation
- "The Case Against Gold Stars" by Alfie Kohn.
- Cooperative Learning
Concepts to be covered:
- adversary rituals of coercion
- the Other
- seeds of mutuality
- civil rights
- cultural capital
- culture conflict
- economic inequality
Note: In order to answer these discussion questions, you will need to do this week's readings and view the documentary, "Heart of Tibet.". Due: Monday, October 6th.
- What are "adversary rituals of coercion"? Who is today's "Rambo"? Why. Beyond the Dalai Lama, who epitomizes mutuality? Why. According to Fellman, what is empathy?
- Come up with your own example for each of the three seeds of mutuality: (a) old seeds in old institutions, b) new seeds in old institutions, and c) new seeds in new institutions).
- What has been the impact of the civil rights movement on crime and criminal justice? [from Walker, p. 102]. Are things "better" or "worse" today? Why. (In your answer include The Derrick Bell Reader).
- Which theory of crime do you think best explains the prevalence of crime in the U.S.? [from Walker, p. 102]. Which theory would Derrick Bell select? Why. Which theory would Gordon Fellman select? Why.
Self-Assessment Questions for Midterm Visual Project: (due Friday, October 10th) .
- Division of Labor-- If working in a group - a) List the names of the individuals in your group. At midterm, what have you accomplished (e.g., bibliography, visual project itself, giveaway item)? b) explain the division of labor and your individual contribution to this visual project.
- Connect Visual Project to Course Materials -- At midterm, explain in depth, how your visual project relates to the course (e.g., the readings, the documentaries, class discussions, major concepts, theories).. Discuss how your visual project relates to "theory, policy, practice".
- Self-Assessment -- At midterm, what did you learn? Apply the 6Cs to your visual project at midterm, with special attention on competence and creativity. What is your midterm visual project self-assessment (provide a letter grade) ___ ? Explain why this particular grade.
Suggestions for Visual Projects:
Note: Start thinking about ideas for your visual projects. Must relate to "race, crime, law." Must be approved before starting your visual project. 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 are expected to turn in a bibliography with each visual project. No term papers! Allow time to dialogue and present your visual project progress. Email me your ideas ASAP.
Course Syllabus for CRMJ/SOCA 365 "Race, Crime, Law"