Criminal Justice-COAS | Alternative Social Control Systems
P202 | 1592 | Pepinsky
This course introduces alternatives to retributive justice from
around the world. Retributive justice means trying to identify,
isolate and subdue offenders. "Restorative justice" alternatives
introduced aim to help victims heal from the trauma of having been
violated, and to weave offenders back into a safe social fabric.
The fourteen chapters in the text will each serve as the theme for a
week of class. One lecture each week will focus on the thematic
chapter. The other lecture will be on a related issue, drawing in
outside material including guest speakers, videos and such.
Readings: Jim Consedine, Restorative Justice: Healing the Effects of
Crime. (Lyttleton, New Zealand: Ploughshares Publications, rev. edn.
Requirements: Points will be given weekly submission of journal
entries. Points to be covered will include responding to conclusions
of each of the chapters in Consedine's text, and to associated class
discussion and supplemental readings, as from web sites. The point
total for the journals will constitute 40 percent of the final grade.
Another twenty percent of the final grade each will come from each of
two essays submitted mid-term and the final week of class. These
essays will require critical thinking about general issues of
choosing between restorative and retributive justice. The final
twenty percent of the grade will be given for work in discussion
sections as specified by associate instructors in their own
Class Meeting: Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute discussion
section each week (TR, 10:10-11:00, JH 124)
Course Will Satisfy: CJUS core requirement
Course Will Satisfy: Social/Historical Studies (Social Inquiry
Instructor: Professor Hal Pepinsky, Criminal Justice Department