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Law and Social Change
CRMJ/SOCA 352 Fall 2000

University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update: August 25, 2000


Susan Takata
Office: 370 MOLN
MWF 10-10:50am
Office Hours: MWF 8:45-9:45am & by appointment
Phone: (262) 595-2116
FAX: (262) 595-2471


CRMJ/SOCA 352 will provide a broad theoretical background against which to explore policies in the system of law, in definition and enforcement of the law, and to follow those policies as they have been and are presently affected by social change. Whatever position you take on law and justice, the readings in this course should challenge you to think about theory and assumptions that underlie your position, and the many alternatives that have been and will continue to be presented in this new millennium.


  • Arrigo. Social Justice/Criminal Justice.
  • Mann & Zatz. Images of Color, Images of Crime.
  • Curran & Takata. Sociology of Law Handbook.
  • college pocket dictionary
  • Dear Habermas Website [refer to handout]
  • Materials/Resources:

    You must have:
    • A bound notebook/journal
    • An e-mail address (available through school)
    • Internet access (access PCs in microcomputing labs on campus)

    Grades and Grading

    Grades can be important feedback when they are collaborative and used as feedback to guide further learning. They are harmful when they become a reified end in their own right, when they become commodified. Because we are required by the institution to give grades, there must be a means of your letting us know what you have learned. Because we specialize in the teaching of peace and social justice, we are distressed at the structural violence inherent in most testing.

    The overall grading criteria is based on the 5Cs - communication, consistency, competency, creativity, and cooperation, (refer to Evidence of Learning on the Dear Habermas site, "lrngevid.htm"). Your coursework must show scholarly discipline in conceptually linking your learning to theory, policy, practice, and to course readings and discussions, with appropriate citations to academic sources; should also show some creative thought on the issue.

    Measures of Learning

    Requirements are based on the measures of learning that we have found most valuable in working with our students. This means that we insist that you write, because writing is still important to communication, albeit switched to e-mail. Your active participation -- attendance, current events, class discussions, and other course related activities -- is an important element in this course. Don't become a "field mice". For more details, refer to "Evidence of Learning" on the Dear Habermas site (filename: lrngevid.htm)

    • Checking In Measures
      • Prepared? Exercises
      • Journal
      • Dictionary Records

    • Creative Measures
      • I think I've got it!
      • Asking Questions
      • Reactions to Reading
      • Debriefings
      • Publication in Dear Habermas Academic Discourse Forum
      • Exam
      • Reports of Learning

      Pass? Prepared? Self-Test & Concept Exercises -- Prepared?s are Self-Tests on information assigned. You are expected to e-mail your teacher regularly, one should presume about once a week, that you have prepared by taking the self-test and checking the answers. you will be given about 7 days after the exercise is first assigned to respond. You will have the option of e-mailing "prepared" (meaning "I am prepared to discuss the materials.") or "pass" (meaning "I did not have time to prepare for the class discussion" for whatever reason). Record-keeping in your journal throughout the semester is a must. In addition, it is your responsibility to maintain electronic and/or printed copies of your work, and to double-check the reports of learning (ROL).

      Journal -- Each student must have a self-contained notebook for use throughout the course; bringing the journal to every class meeting. In the journal, you will be expected to record and keep as your record, each prepared message you send, and that you received a response. If you did not, you should record when you last checked your e-mail and then record what you did about the problem. Your teacher will respond to the prepared? e-mail, but you will need to keep your own record that it was respnded to and when. In addition, you will record new words looked up in the dictionary; questions and reactions to the readings and/or class discussions, and so forth.

      You must take responsibility for your learning, which includes keeping records of your learning in your journal (a bounded notebook). Be sure to maintain all records and measures of your learning (i.e., backup hard copies and/or electronic storage of all or your work). If you are working in a group, be sure to have all work carbon copied to all group members.

      Debriefing -- Toward the end of the semester, each student will have an opportunity to give an oral presentation of his/her learning as it relates to "Law and Social Change: Theory, Policy, Practice."


      Students with Disabilities - Students with disabilities are encouraged to meet with me as soon as possible to discuss accommodations. Accommodations should be authorized through the Disability Services Office, WYLL D175, Renee' Sartin-Kirby - Coordinator (595-2610).

      Deadlines/Due Dates - All due dates and deadlines are firm. Late assignments and exercises will not be accepted. A "no show" will result in an "F" for that particular task. The absolute final deadline for course materials to be submitted is Monday, December 11th, 1 p.m. central time.

      Communicating - It is your responsibility to communicate an emergency and other situations in a timely manner to the professor. Communicating your whereabouts is important. Don't be a field mice.

      Groupwork: You may work in groups on any or all exercises or assignments. Cooperative learning groups are strongly encouraged. You can work with more than one group, and with different groups. All names of active group members should be recorded as indicated on the exercise material. (Refer to "cooplrn.htm" on the Dear Habermas site ).



      WeekTopicReadings due
      1IntroductionArrigo, intro
      2Why Habermas? Who's Habermas?**Mon, 9/11 Computer Workshop in libraryM&Z, foreword, ch. 1; Handbook, ch. 1
      3Difference/Privileging SubjectivityM&Z, ch. 18, Handbook, ch.2
      4Radical Criminology/Socialist FeminismArrigo, ch. 1-2
      5Critical Race Theory/The Color Red Arrigo, ch. 9; M&Z, ch.2-3
      6Peacemaking Criminology/The Color RedArrigo, ch. 3; M&Z ch. 4-5
      7Prophetic Criticism/The Color BlackArrigo, ch. 4; M&Z ch. 6-7
      8Anarchist Criminology/The Color Black-- **Fri 10/27 - Last to Drop CourseArrigo, ch. 5; M&Z, ch. 8-9
      9Semiotics/The Color BrownArrigo, ch. 7; M&Z, ch. 10-11
      10Constitutive Criminology/The Color Brown Arrigo, ch. 8; M&Z, ch. 12-13
      11Chaos Theory/The Color YellowArrigo, ch. 10; M&Z, ch. 14-15
      12Queer Theory/The Color Yellow**Fri, 11/24 No Class - Thanksgiving BreakArrigo, ch. 12, M&Z, ch. 16-17
      13Postmodern Feminist Criminology/Invisible Color WhiteArrigo, ch. 6; M&Z, ch. 19-21
      14Law and Social Change: Theory, Policy, PracticeArrigo, ch. 13; M&Z conclusion
      15Law and Social Change: Theory, Policy, Practice**Mon, 12/11, 1 p.m. central time - Absolute Final Deadline---