HNRS 260: Society and Community Engagement Topics (Topics Vary)

HNRS 260-004: Reimagining Justice &Community
(Fall 2019)

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. 

Topic Varies

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Course topic varies by semester and section. Students pursue focused questions about a problem facing a community, society, or government. Students assess what is at stake in specific debates, consider how narratives are constructed and contested and/or apply multiple perspectives to analyze pressing social issues.Equivalent to HNRS 230.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credits
Registration Restrictions:

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.

Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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