Criminal Justice-coas | Capital Punishment
P416 | 9118 | Sandys


The primary objectives of this class are for students to 1) learn
about the death penalty in the U.S.; 2) develop an informed attitude
toward capital punishment; 3) engage in critical thinking by examining
both sides of the capital punishment debate, and; 4) to discuss the
issues related to capital punishment in an open forum.  The class is
divided into two general sections. In the first part of the semester
we will discuss the facts surrounding capital punishment, such as the
history, current practices, juries, and on. The second part of the
class is devoted to topics that are more controversial, like racial
discrimination in capital sentencing, the deterrence debate, execution
of people who are mentally retarded, and on.

Readings: May include a packet of readings (perhaps optional) and
texts (required).

Requirements:  There will be, at minimum, one test, two position
papers, and a final paper.

Class Meeting: W, 4:00 - 6:30P, SB 131

Course Will Satisfy:     CJUS major 400-level requirement

Instructor:    Professor Marla Sandys, Criminal Justice Department