Criminal Justice-coas | Deviant Images/Deviant Acts
P305 | 1550 | Kane
Taking an activist approach, we will study environmental crime as a
form of deviance in this course. Environmental crime, which includes a
diverse range of phenomena including but not limited to white collar
crime, is only now emerging as an important area of criminal justice.
We will consider alternative definitions of the field from
philosophical and legal perspectives. We will engage in theory
building so that we may understand the processes currently blocking
effective preventive and enforcement measures. At the same time, we
will gain a sophisticated understanding of the substantive issues
underlying the local, regional, national and global environmental news
we hear in the mass media.
The subject of environmental crime gives us an opportunity to examine
the interaction of wrongful acts, theories of deviance, and mechanisms
of social control. Using the Clifford text, we will frame the subject
by reading about the history of the environmental movement in the
U.S.; work our way through federal laws, policing, prosecution and
sentencing procedures; and examine the ethics and the imagery of
particular environmental crimes in international and transnational
contexts (e.g. environmental crimes on the U.S.-Mexico border). Davisą
book on the cultural politics of environmental legislation in the city
of Los Angeles will provide an astute and contentious dimension to
Required texts: Mary Clifford, 1998. "Environmental Crime:
Enforcement, Policy, and Social Responsibility". Aspen.
Mike Davis, 1998. "Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the
Imagination of Disaster". Metropolitan Books..
Class Meetings: Two 75-minute sessions (TR, 4:00-5:15P WY 005)
Instructor: Professor Stephanie Kane, Criminal Justice Dept.