California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: November 6, 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 11: Week of November 9, 2014
To stay on track, you should -- 1) attend your second meeting, and 2) begin your visual project self-assessment.
You are falling behind if you have not completed the visual component of your project.
Topic: Race and Corrections
- November 7-12 - Second Meetings
- November 28th - No Class (Thanksgiving Weekend)
- December 3rd, at the beginning of class - Final Visual Project due
- December 8th - The last day of class
- Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic. The Derrick Bell Reader. Chapters 13.
- Samuel Walker and others. The Color of Justice. -- Chapter 9.
- Documentary: "Requiem for Frank Lee Smith" (to be shown in class)
- Gordon Fellman. Rambo and the Dalai Lama. -- entire book.
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
Concepts to be covered:
- community based corrections
- prison gangs
Note: In order to answer these discussion questions, you will need to do this week's readings and view the documentary, "Requiem for Frank Lee Smith." Due: Monday, November 17th.
- From The Derrick Bell Reader , "... why is society relatively willing to grant small civil rights concessions to blacks and other minorities from time to time, but so reluctant to recognize economic rights (such as the right to food) that would benefit all the poor without regard to color? [D&S, p. 369]
- How would Fellman, Bell and Walker react to the documentary, "Requiem for Frank Lee Smith"? Why.
- What correctional policies can be created from the principles of restorative justice (based on indigenous justice principles)? Are these values more compatible with some offenses than others? More appropriate for some types of offenders than others? What would Fellman say about this issue? Why. [from Walker, p. 369]
Self-Assessment Questions for Final Visual Project: (due Wednesday, December 3rd) .
- Division of Labor-- If working in a group - a) List the names of the individuals in your group. Since midterm, what have you accomplished (e.g., 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 -- Since 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 -- Since midterm, what have you learned? Apply the 6Cs to your 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.
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"