Criminal Justice-COAS | Lethality: Homicide & Self Destruction
P461 | 1550 | 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

Readings:  To be announced.

Class Meeting:	TR, 5:45 - 8:15, SY 001

Instructor:  Professor Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice Department