Race, Crime, and Justice in the City

Course Number: 46312

Course Description

In this course, students examine the rise of the penal state, tracing its roots from the birth of the prison to the ascendance of mass imprisonment. The course is organized around five lines of inquiry--(1) How is the power to punish derived? (2) How has the role of punishment in society been conceived? (3) What do the practices of punishment produce? (4) What do they tell us about ourselves? (5) What are the alternatives?

Taking up these questions, students will outline the major theories of punishment advanced by classical political philosophers and penologists, and trace the trajectory of our modern impulse to punish. We will interrogate the political economy, culture, and consequences of punishment through readings on the carceral state and conclude by raising new questions about the role and force of mass imprisonment while looking toward alternatives.

Requirements Filled

Clinical Concentration: All Clinical Classes

Social Administration: All Courses

Specialized Diversity Courses

Transforming Justice Policies and Practices Program Course

Addressing Social Inequality Program Course

Professors and Lecturers Who Teach This Course

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