Course description

The United States stands alone among Western, industrialized countries with its persistent, high rates of incarceration, long sentences, and continued use of the death penalty. This “American exceptionalism” – the turn to mass incarceration – has been fostered by the use of sharply-delineated categories that define vast numbers of people as outlaws and others as law-abiding. These categories that are based on ideas of personal responsibility and assumptions about race are modified somewhat by a liberal commitment to human rights. Our purpose in this course is to understand how such ideas have taken root and to locate the consequences of these ideas for policy and practice.

Summer 2024: Online course

Section ID:GOVT 3141 001-LEC
Number:1166
Session:Summer 3-week 1
Class dates:June 3-21, 2024
Final exam/project due:Friday June 21, 11:59 PM (see Final exams)
Time / room:
Mode of instruction:Online (async)
Credit:4
Grade:Student option
Instructor:TBA
Max. enroll:15
Related:Cross-listed with AMST 3141 001-LEC
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