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University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest Update: September 27, 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

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

    -- 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.

    NEW -- Strain Theory (due Monday, October 8th). 1) What did Durkheim mean by the "normality of crime?" 2) Define Durkheim's concept of anomie. 3) Briefly explain Merton's four modes of adaptation. 4) What are some criticisms both for and against strain theory (Durkheim and Merton)?

  • Links to Lecture Notes

    -- Definitions of Crime

    -- Crime and Criminal Law

    -- Measuring Crime

  • Recommended Readings

    James Q. Wilson & Richard Herrnstein. Crime and Human Nature.

  • Important Class Related Links

    Criminology - Index of Resources and Teaching Essays

    Preventing Crime

    Corrections (CRMJ/SOCA 363)

  • Course Syllabus

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

    -- 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?

    -- 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.

    -- 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.

    NEW -- Prison Guards (due Monday, October 15th). 1) Compare and contrast the Haas & Alpert articles on prison guards and staff members to Hassine's descriptions. What are the differences and similarities? 2) What are some of the difficulties confronting today's prison guards and staff members? Why. What might help to overcome these difficulties? Why.

  • Recommended Readings

    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. The Sixteenth Round.

    Jack Henry Abbott. In the Belly of the Beast.

    Malcolm X. Autobiography of Malcolm X.

    Eldridge Cleaver. Soul on Ice.

    Leonard Peltier. Prison Writings.

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

    Michel Foucault. Discipline and Punish.

  • 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

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

    -- What Is Race? (due Monday, October 1st) -- 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.

    -- 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?

    NEW -- Mutuality and a Future (due Monday, October 8th). 1) Define the Other. 2) What is empathy, according to Fellman? 3) Come up with you own examples of each of the three seeds of mutuality (old seeds in old institutions, new seeds in old institutions, and 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, Crime (due Monday, October 15th). 1) What has been the impact of the civil rights movement on crime and criminal justice? (Refer also to chapters 2 & 3 in the Kennedy book). 2) Which theory of crime do you think best explains the prevalence of crime in the U.S.? Why. Which theory would Randall Kennedy select? Why. Which theory would Gordon Fellman select? Why.

  • Links to Lecture Notes and Other Things

    NEW Giving Voice to Race for additional resources and links.

    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

    Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray. The Bell Curve. Also link to Continuation of Bell Curve Genetic Arguments

    Paul Ehrlich. The Race Bomb.

    Richard Goldsby. Race and Races.

    Robert Blauner. Still the Big News: Racial Oppression in America.

    Robert Blauner Racial Oppression in America.

    Alfie Kohn. No Contest. The Case Against Competition.

    Spencer Johnson. Who Moved My Cheese?

  • 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):