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    All Classes -- Second ROL is due Friday, November 1, 2002.

    "Think you can or think you can't, either way you will be right." -- Henry Ford

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    All UWP Classes, Announcements
    • Friday, October 18th - Exam 1
    • Friday, October 25th - Last Day to Drop Class
    • Friday, November 1st - 2nd ROL due
    • 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

      • 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.

      • NEW Chicago School (due Wednesday, October 16th) 1) What is different about the Chicago School when compared to the Positivists? 2) Explain the concentric zone theory. Does it still hold true today? Why. 3) What are the key components of differential association? What are the strengths and weaknesses of this theory? Why. 4) Explain the connections between ecological, culture conflict and differential association theories?

    • Special Announcement

      Friday, October 18th - Exam 1

      Friday, November 1st - 2nd ROL due

    • 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

      --- Emile Durkheim. Division of Labor in Society.
      --- Emile Durkheim. Suicide.
      --- Robert Merton. Social Theory and Social Structure.
      --- Edwin Sutherland. Principles of Criminology.

    • Important Class Related Links

      -- Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics

    Corrections (CRMJ/SOCA 363)

    • Course Syllabus

    • Class Discussion Questions

      • 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.

      • NEW Courts and Corrections (due Monday, October 14th). Note: Relate your answers to the documentary, "Hard Time" to be shown in class. . 1) How have offender rights been developed by the courts? What is the interrelationship between "theory, policy, practice" when it comes to courts and corrections? 2) Do prisoners give up their rights and privileges as punishment for crime(s) committed? How do we balance between the protection of the prisoner's rights and the community's need to punish? 3) What did you like best about Life withouth Parole ? Waht did you like least about this book? Why. 4) How does Hassine's conclusion relate to "courts and corrections?" Do you agree with his conclusion? Why.

    • Special Announcement

      Friday, October 18th - Exam 1

      Friday, November 1st - Second ROL due

    • 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.

    • 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

      • 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?

      • NEW Race, ethnicity and crime (due Friday, October 11th) 1) [from Walker, p. 84] - What has been the impact of the civil rights movement on crime and criminal justice? Incorporate Kennedy, chapters 2 and 3 in your answer. 2) Which theory of crime do you think best explains the prevalence of crime in the United States? Which theory would Randall Kennedy select? Why. Which theory would Fellman pick? Why.

    • Special Announcements

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

      Friday, October 18th - Exam 1

      Friday, November 1st - Second ROL due

    • 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

      Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

    • Recommended Readings

      --- Desmond Tutu. No Future without Forgiveness.
      --- Martha Minow. Between Vengeance and Forgiveness.
      --- Milton Gordon. Assimilation in American Life.
      --- William Julius Wilson. The Declining Significance of Race.
      --- William Julius Wilson. The Truly Disadvantaged.
      --- Robert Blauner. Still the Big News: Racial Oppression in America

      --- 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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