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POLS 229 – Law and Disorder

Credits: 3.00

Course Description:

Section Description: This course analyzes the politics of American criminal justice. Our syllabus draws on materials from law, history, sociology, and psychology, as well as academic political science and current-events readings. We examine historical problems (such as the practice of “convict leasing”) and socio-psychological phenomena (like the impact of implicit racial associations on penal practices) in addition to political questions such as why U.S. incarceration rates jumped as they did and how to think about the central role of local authorities in American criminal justice. There is great deal at stake here, for individual lives and for the health of our social, political, and economic systems. This brings energy and gravity to the work.

CRN: 13643

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 20/20

Days Time Location
TR 10:05 - 11:20 OLD MILL 523

Instructor(s): Alec Ewald

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020