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University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest Update: September 20, 2001

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All UWP Classes, web assigned readings: All UWP Classes, pass/prepared exercises:

These are the assignments of old. The difference is that not everyone will do the same assignments, read the same materials. The preparations serve to give you the background you need for meaningful participation in the public discourse in the classroom and on the Academic Discourse Forum threads. We stay in touch with you as you e-mail us Pass? or Prepared? See details on the Evidence of Learning Page.

  • Cheating and Structural Violence Black letter definition of Structural Violence.

  • Other Pass?or Prepared?s to try. Let me know what you think.

  • All UWP Classes, field trips

    To Be Arranged

    Criminology (CRMJ/SOCA 233)

  • Course Syllabus
  • Pass/Prepared Exercises (all exercises are due no later than 10 a.m. central time on the date noted)

    -- Measurements of Crime (due Monday, September 24th) -- 1) Which method -- Uniform Crime Reports, National Crime Victimization Surveys, self-reports -- would you rely on the most in measuring how much crime there is? Why.

    -- Classical School (due Wednesday, September 26th) -- 1) What was the essence of the Classical School? 2) According to Beccaria, what is the purpose of punishment? 3) What does Bentham mean by "the principle of utility?" 4) What are some present-day examples of the Classical School?

    NEW -- Psychological/Positivist Theories (due Wednesday, October 3rd). 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.

  • Links to Lecture Notes

    -- Definitions of Crime

    -- Crime and Criminal Law

    -- Measuring Crime

  • Recommended Readings

    Howard Becker. Outsiders. (labeling theory)

    Jeffrey Reiman. The Rich Get Richer, The Poor Get Prison. (Marxism)

  • Important Class Related Links

    Theory and Its Uses

    Criminology - Index of Resources and Teaching Essays

    Preventing Crime

    Corrections (CRMJ/SOCA 363)

  • Course Syllabus
  • Pass/Prepared Exercises (all exercises are due no later than 11 a.m. central time on the date noted)

    -- Who Goes to Prison? (due Friday, September 21st) 1) Who goes to prison? Why. 2) Is the selection process discriminatory? Why or why not. 3) Who "belongs" in prison? Why.

    -- Hassine pt. 1 (due Friday, September 28th) 1) What are your reactions (i.e., thoughts, impressions) to the first eight chapters of Life Without Parole? What surprised you the most? Why. 2) In terms of theory, policy, practice, what do Hassine's experiences and observations tell us about today's prison?

    NEW -- Prison Violence (due Wednesday, October 3rd) 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 prison or prisons as a violent environment creating the violent person (or creating a more violent person)? Why.

    NEW -- Hassine Interviews (due Monday, October 8th) 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.

  • Recommended Readings

    James Austin & John Irwin. It's About Time: America's Imprisonment Binge

    Georg Rusche and Otto Kirchheimer. Punishment and Social Structure.

    Michel Foucault. Discipline and Punish.

    David Rothman. Discovery of the Asylum.

  • 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 & Law (CRMJ/SOCA 490)

  • Course Syllabus
  • Pass/Prepared Exercises (all exercises are due no later than 1 p.m. central time on the date noted)

    -- Introduction to Fellman (due Friday, September 21st) -- 1) Which -- competition or cooperation -- is more characteristic of contemporary American society? Why. 2) What is meant by "paradigm shift?" 3) What does Dr. Seuss' "Butter Battle Book" (book and/or video) have to do with Fellman? How. Why.

    -- What Is Race? (due Friday, September 28th) -- 1) Summarize the arguments between the biologic/genetic versus the socio-political concept of race. Which perspective do you agree with the most? Why. 2) Does race matter? Why or why not. 3) The descriptive information in UCR arrest data depicts an overrepresentation of African American offenders for most violent and property crimes. What are the possible explanations for such disparity? [question from page 55 in Color of Justice.

    NEW -- Fellman part 3 (due Friday, October 5th). 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 the events of September 11, 2001, 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?

  • Links to Lecture Notes and Other Things

    NEW Fellman's response to the events of September 11, 2001.

    Fellman's Paradigm Shift . Join in on these discussions with CSUDH students.

    I've Been Reading Rambo and the Dalai Lama Join in on these discussions with CSUDH students.

    Concepts from Jeanne's Journal .

    -- Check out links to Gordon Fellman related materials on the Dear Habermas site.

  • Recommended Readings

    Alfie Kohn. No Contest. The Case Against Competition.

    Spencer Johnson. Who Moved My Cheese?

    Thomas Kuhn. Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

    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.

  • Other Announcements

    Hispanic Heritage Month at UWP -- a variety of activities from September 19th through October 13th.

    Law & Social Change (CRMJ/SOCA 352) Not Offered Fall 2001

  • Law and Social Change Syllabus, Fall 2000
  • Recommended Readings

    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

  • Pass/Prepared Exercises
  • Links to Lecture Notes and Other Things
  • Other Announcements

    All UWP Fall 2000 Classes, Reports of Learning (ROL):