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796.20 - Race, Class & Criminal Justice
Professor: Michelle Alexander
Semester: 2011 Winter
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
Means of Assessment: PAPER, PARTICIPATION
This course will explore the role of race and class in structuring our criminal justice system. Specifically, the course will examine the influence of race and class in the definition of crime and form of punishment, as well as the influence of race and class at every stage of the criminal justice process, from the initial stop, search and arrest, to the charging and plea bargaining phase, to jury selection and sentencing. We will consider how courts have limited or facilitated race and class biases in the criminal justice system, and the role of public opinion and legislative action in the system's design. Grades will be based on class participation and a student paper applying course material to a subject of personal interest.
Laptops will not be permitted in this class.
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