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    All Classes -- Exam 1 is scheduled for Friday, October 18, 2002.

    "I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." -- Will Rogers

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    All UWP Classes, Announcements
    • Friday, October 18th - Exam 1
    • Friday, October 25th - Last Day to Drop Class
    • Friday, December 6th, beginning of class - FINAL ABSOLUTE DEADLINE
    • Monday, December 16th - Last Day of Class

    • Criminal Justice Association News

      Check the Criminal Justice Department web page for future club announcement.

    All UWP Classes, Fall 2002 Report of Learning (ROL)

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    Criminology (CRMJ/SOCA 233)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

      • Positivist and Psychological Theories (due Friday, October 4th). 1) How did the Classical School and the Positivist School differ? In other words, how did Lombroso's work and theory differ from the theorists who came before? 2) What is Pollock's critique of the Classical School, the Positivist School and the psychological theories? Why. Do you agree with her critique of these theories? Why.

      • NEW Strain Theory (Durkheim/Merton) (due Friday, October 11th). 1) What did Durkheim mean by "the normality of crime?" 2) What is anomie according to Durkheim? 3) Explain the four modes of adaptation as they relate to a different social setting or situation (in class, we will use the example of how UWP students fit into Merton's modes). 4) What are some criticisms of the strain theorists -- Durkheim and Merton? Why.

    • Special Announcement

      Friday, October 18th - Exam 1

    • NEW Exam 1 Study Questions

      For those opting to take Exam 1, your essay will be written on a Guided Essay Form . The exam is scheduled for Friday, October 18th.

      1. Compare and contrast Pollock's critique of the Classical School, the Positivist School and psychological theories. In addition, which critique do you agree with the most. Why.

      2. In Pollock's Criminal Women , which review/critique of a criminological theory discussed so far this semester do you agree with the most? Why. Which Pollock critique do you disagree with the most? Why.

      3. In a study of homicide, how would the classical, biological and psychological theorists explain the causes and cures? Which theorist do you agree with the most? Why.

      4. What is crime, and how is it measured? Which measure is the most accurate? Why.

      5. What are the arguments which focus on crime as a produce of free will v. determinism? What are the strengths and weaknesses of both sides? Which side do you take? Why.

    • Recommended Readings

      --- Richard Herrnstein and James Q. Wilson. Crime and Human Nature.
      --- Richard Herrnstein and ____ Murray . The Bell Curve.
      --- Emile Durkheim. Division of Labor in Society.
      --- Robert Merton. Social Theory and Social Structure.

    • Important Class Related Links

      -- Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

    Corrections (CRMJ/SOCA 363)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

      • Hassine Interviews (due Monday, September 30th). 1) In Part 2 Interviews in the Hassine book, what is the most pressing problem in today's prison? Why. 2) If the prison experiment has failed miserably, then why do we keep building more prisons? Relate this to the readings as well as to "theory, policy, practice?"

      • Prison Violence (due Wednesday, October 2nd). 1) Some people believe that the history of corrections shows a continuous movement toward more humane treatment in prisons as society, in general, has progressed. What would Hassine say? Why. What is your view? Why. 2) Compare and contrast Hassine's book with the Haas & Alpert readings on prison violence. Which came first -- the violent person creating the violent prisons or prisons as a violent environment creating the violent person (or creating a more violent person)? Wny.

      • NEW Prison Guards (due Monday, October 7th). Note: Be sure to relate your answers to the documentary, "Quiet Rage." 1) Compare and contrast the Haas and Alpert articles on prison guards and staff members to what Hassine describes in his book. What are the differences and similarities? Why. 2) What are some difficulties confronting today's priosn guards and staff members? Why. What might help to overcome these difficulties? Why.

    • Special Announcement

      Friday, October 18th - Exam 1

    • NEW Exam 1 Study Questions

      For those opting to take Exam 1, your essay will be written on a Guided Essay Form . The exam is scheduled for Friday, October 18th.

      1. (As promised) in examining the "History of Corrections in America" handout, what would the correctional model that best depicts the period from the 1990s to date? Why. Incorporate examples from the readings into your argument.

      2. The four goals of criminal sanctions are retribution, deterrence, incapacitation and rehabilitation. Discuss each of these goals. Which goal is the most dominant today? Why. Provide examples from the readings and other class materials.

      3. Based on the readings and other class materials, compare and contrast"who goes to prison" with "who belongs in prison." What does this tell us about the interrelationship between "theory, policy, practice?" Why.

      4. How does "doing time" as explained in the Haas & Alpert book compare with the experiences of Hassine? Why. Relate this to "theory, policy, practice?" Why. Be sure to provide examples from both books.

      5. Based on Life Without Parole , do you think "the punishment fit the crime" for Hassine? Relate your answer to the interrelationshp between "theory, policy, practice?" Why.

    • NEW Recommended Readings

      --- Leonard Peltier. Prison Writings .
      --- Jack Henry Abbott. In the Belly of the Beast
      --- The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
      --- Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. The Sixteenth Round.

    • Interesting Links

      Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Jail Cam Link. Link found by Mary Frances Chachula.
      Wisconsin Department of Corrections
      Virtual Prison Tour

    Race, Crime and Law (CRMJ/SOCA 365)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

      • Fellman pt. 3 (due Wednesday, October 2nd). 1) Covering chapters 7 through 10 in the Fellman book, what are "adversary rituals of coercion." Provide at least 3 different examples of adversary rituals of coercion. 2) Given recent events, what does Fellman tell us about the future of war? Do you agree or disagree with Fellman? Why. 3) What does "Rambo" symbolize, according to Fellman?

      • NEW Mutuality and a Future (due Monday, October 7th). 1) Define the Other. 2) What is empathy, according to Fellman? 3) Come up with your own example of 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). 4) In Fellman's conclusion, there is a quote by Kenneth Boulding, "War is no longer legitimate, but peace is not yet legitimate." What did Boulding mean by this? Why did Fellman include this quote?

    • Special Announcements

      Wednesday, October 9th, Noon to 1 p.m. -- Dialogue on "LA RAZA" Culture. Moln 107

      Friday, October 18th - Exam 1

    • NEW Exam 1 Study Questions

      For those opting to take Exam 1, your essay will be written on a Guided Essay Form . The exam is scheduled for Friday, October 18th.

      1. In the early chapters of Randall Kennedy's Race, Crime and the Law , why does he note that unequal protection and unequal enforcement are major concerns? How would Fellman and Walker respond to Kennedy's observation? Why.

      2. "When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end theyalways fall. Think of it, always." -- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948). What would the reactions of Fellman and Kennedy be to Gandhi's quote? Why. Provide examples from the readings.

      3. On page 227 in Fellman, why did he include this quote from Thompson, "... We do not live in reality; we live in our paradigms, our habituated perceptions, our illusions; the illusions we share through culture we call reality, but the true historical reality of our condition is invisible to us..." Explain this quote in terms of the concept of race. Provide examples from the readings to illustrae your point.

      4. On page 23 in Fellman, he quotes the Buddha: "Victory creates hatred, defeat creates suffering. Those who are wise strive for neither victory or defeat." Relate Fellman's concepts of adversarialism and mutuality to "race, crime, and law". Include in yoru discussion Walker and Kennedy.

      5. According to the readings so far this semester, what is the relationship between globalism and race and ethnic relations here in the United States? Why.

    • Links to Lecture Notes and Other Things

      Social Solidarity - Bogardus' Social Distance Scale

      Transforming Discourse: Teaching Tolerance

      Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

    • NEW Other Recommended Readings

      --- Sidney Lens. The Day Before Doomsday.
      --- Debra Van Ausdale and Joe Feagin. The First R: How children learn about race and racism.
      --- Paulo Freire. Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
      --- Robert Blauner. Still the Big News: Racial Oppression in America
      --- Dalai Lama. Ethics for the New Millennium.

      --- 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.

    • Links to the Sociology of Law Handbook readings
      -- Introduction
      -- Chapter 1, part 1
      -- Chapter 1, part 2
      -- Chapter 2

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