Criminal Justice-coas | Lethality: Homicide & Self Destruction
P461 | 1562 | Parnell


Lethality focuses on various social and cultural situations and conditions
in which humans tend to kill other humans.  We also question the role of
killing in the construction of our relationships with each other-in building
our own identities and those of others as well as in constructing our
communities and interpersonal relationships.  A goal of this course is to
familiarize you with various ways in which those who study homicide try to
explain it (and suggest how it can be controlled).  I hope to encourage your
thinking about these approaches and the development of your criticisms.  I
also favor materials that retain the lives of the people and bring to life
the situations that are part of homicidal relationships.  The readings
consider a range of factors that are part of homicidal relationships,
including frameworks that emphasize the interaction between biology and
society, the roles of history in contemporary relationships, social
reciprocity and interdependency, prejudice, the use in culture of killings
and killers to organize relationships to the world, and politics (among
other aspects of our participation in society and culture).  Our stance in
relationship to analytic frameworks for explaining homicide is that
understanding killing in our own societies and elsewhere is very much work
in progress-that this course is part of that process through questioning how
we interpret homicide and through relating it to our lives.

Requirements:	The grade will be based on in-class participation (20%), a
final 15 page paper(65%), and in -class presentation.

Readings:		To be announced.

Class Meeting:	One 150-minute session (T, 5:45-8:15P, SY 210)

Instructor:	Professor Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice Department