09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR
Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 126
Section Information for Fall 2019
The relationship between the American justice system and the communities in which they serve is one of the least harmonious relationships in society. There exists a tension between public safety and effective law enforcement that is embedded in the historical threads of this country. In this course, we will uncover the historical foundation of mass incarceration and the way in which it has contributed to the lack of legitimacy and trust in the justice system in American communities today. We will have a particular eye toward understanding how race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status have been central axes around which social control has been practiced by the justice system. At various points throughout the course, we will put ourselves in the shoes of justice system actors, community members, and reformers to understand the most important issues and envision a way forward. Whose responsibility is it to mend the relationship between the justice system and community? Should the goal of reform be equality or equity? Is there even a way forward? These are questions we will consider as the semester progresses. Students will leave the course with concrete ideas about what should be done, and by which stakeholders, to reform justice system-community relationships.
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Required Prerequisites: HNRS 109C, 110C or 302C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.
Enrollment limited to students with the Honors College (Business)., Honors College (STEM). or Honors College. attributes.